Here’s a plan — let’s put Dad’s dead body in a storage unit and keep collecting his benefits check (because this psychic thing isn’t bringing in the cash).
The mummified remains of a man found in a Lexington storage unit in January have been identified, and the man’s daughter has been indicted for stealing his Social Security benefits.
Lexington police found Luther Broughton’s body in the storage unit Jan. 8, after the Social Security Administration asked for help to serve a search warrant there.
According to federal court documents, Social Security agent Bianca Mendez testified that Judith Broughton rented the storage unit in 1990 under her name and her father’s name, and she has made payments on it ever since.
The building’s owner, Bob Sigler, told investigators that Judith Broughton requested that she never receive correspondence from the storage unit company. Suspicious? The police are theorizing the storage unit was rented specifically for the purpose of hiding the body of Luther Broughton. The woman had collected the benefits from Nov. 10, 1997, through Aug. 31, 2011. The Social Security administration will check up on people who reach age 100. When they contacted Luther Broughton, they were very suspicious of the high pitched voice claiming to be him.
Judith Broughton earns $270 a month working for the National Psychic Network.
And, guess what? Mom is missing too. Federal court documents say authorities are searching for the woman’s mother, who has not been seen since early March.
I couldn’t have made this one up if I tried.
Tip: Michael Vincent