LAS VEGAS (AP / KDKA) – A 69-year-old woman from Las Vegas is accused of defrauding Social Security for years after she allegedly dismembered the body of her deceased husband and threw his remains in the trash, according to a criminal complaint federal.
Nancy Shedleski deposited $ 121,000 from her husband’s retirement benefits after his death in 2015 and Social Security officials weren’t sure all was right until they received an anonymous tip in 2019 that the husband was missing, according to the lawsuit filed last week in Nevada.
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The complaint, which accused Shedleski of stealing government money, identified the husband only as “JPS” and stated that he was 70 when he died.
Survivor benefits for Shedleski in 2019 if her husband’s death had been reported would have been $ 14,000, but her husband’s benefits that were distributed that year were $ 24,000, according to the complaint.
Contacted by federal officials, Shedleski first said her husband was traveling, but then admitted to dismembering her body and disposing of her remains after her death at their Pennsylvania home, according to the complaint.
“Shedleski confirmed there was no ambulance, no hospitalization, no funeral, no burial and no cremation,” the complaint said.
The complaint did not specify the cause of the husband’s death or indicate where the couple lived in Pennsylvania before Nancy Shedleski moved to Las Vegas in 2017.
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The complaint says her husband last received medical treatment in 2015 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Jefferson Hills, near Pittsburgh. KDKA found previous civil cases in Allegheny County which showed her husband’s name was Joseph Shedleski, and the couple lived in Clairton.
A check of Allegheny County real estate records shows they owned a house on Carnegie Avenue in Clairton. Some neighbors said that they remembered Ms. Shedleski living in the house and that they remembered having brief conversations with her. They were shocked and did not want to be questioned.
The Allegheny County Police Department said there was an open case locally. When KDKA asked what charges were being considered, they replied âcorpse abuseâ.
Shedleski was arrested last Thursday and appeared in Las Vegas court on Friday. She was not asked to plead guilty and was released on bail pending a hearing on November 5.
His court-appointed lawyer, Wendi Overmyer, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on behalf of his client.
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