Can you claim Social Security when you are dead?
Virgilio Cintron’s roommate certainly thought so.
James P O’Hare and David J Dalaia were arrested on Tuesday after attempting the most unusual attempted fraud I have heard of yet.
According to police, they pushed a corpse, sat in an office chair, along the sidewalk to a local check-cashing store, in order to cash the dead man’s Social Security check.
When Cintron, aged 66, died recently, his roommate and a friend saw an opportunity to cash his $355 Social Security check, the police said.
The manner in which they attempted it, however, was bizarre to say the least.
Weekend at Bernie’s
The police said that they chose to emulate the film, ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’, in which two young men pretend that their deceased employer is still alive.
The roommate, James P O’Hare, and his friend, David J Dalaia, both 65 and unemployed, placed Mr. Cintron’s body in a chair and pushed him a block away, to Pay-O-Matic.
After parking the corpse outside, they then entered the store and presented the check.
The clerk told the pair that Mr. Cintron had to cash the check himself and asked where he was.
Mr. O’Hare said that Cintron was outside and pointed to the body in the chair.
The two men attempted to take the chair inside, but passers-by had already noticed the body slumping in the chair.
Both men were taken into police custody and questioned.
Police are currently considering charging them with check-cashing fraud.