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4 charged with Social Security thefts

Updated: May 5, 2014 8:34AM



Four Northwest Indiana residents stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in Social Security benefits that kept being paid to dead people, according to four separate indictments.

The indictments were unsealed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Richard Dickus, 71, of Hebron, is accused of taking the most money at $217,996. His indictment claims the money was being paid to Lottie Mears, who died 23 years ago in 1991. Dickus is accused of continuing to take the money until November 2013.

Richard Holiusa, 63, of Schererville, is charged with stealing $144,217 from the Social Security Administration. The money was meant for Sofija Holiusa, who died in October 2004.

Victoria Woods-Smith is charged with stealing $108,401 from the SSA. That money was supposed to go to Phil Woods, who died in January 2007.

Eva Lee Fisher, 74, of Hammond, is charged with stealing $64,931 from the SSA. The money was for Lesley Smith, who died in January 2010.

The defendants were all arrested Wednesday.



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