Minnesota man accused of stealing government fundsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Cloud man has been indicted on a charge of stealing veterans' benefits.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Cloud man has been indicted on a charge of stealing veterans' benefits.
Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Mitchell George Pederson has been charged with theft of government funds. He's accused of stealing benefits that his mother was collecting as the spouse of a military member who died in action.
The benefits should have been terminated when she died in 2004, but prosecutors say Pederson continued to deposit them into his account.
A telephone number for Pederson could not immediately be found Friday.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
A St. Cloud Times report (http://bit.ly/pDpN3y ) says the indictment was filed Wednesday.