BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - A Baton Rouge man was arrested today, accused of forgery and theft of over $400,000 from the Louisiana Teacher's Retirement System.
The attorney general's office said Lester Joseph II, 42, was booked with 201 counts of felony theft and two counts of identity theft.
Investigators say former teacher Ruby Joseph died in 1997. She listed her husband, Lester Joseph Sr., as her beneficiary. Joseph Sr. began receiving the benefits checks in January of 1998, but died in October of 1998. Unaware of his death, the Louisiana Teacher's Retirement System continued sending survivor benefit checks. Investigators accuse his son, Joseph II, of forging his father's signature on the beneficiary checks and cashing them, illegally collecting approximately $642,423.