And I Would Have Gotten Away With It, Too, If It Wasn't For That Meddling Hurricane!!

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Deanne Snowball had a sweet deal going, and we don't just mean her name.

Her dad died in 1998 (that's not the sweet part), but the Louisiana Carpenters Regional Council Pension Plan had continued to send his monthly pension checks (that is). Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Snowball cashed them.

Things proceeded smoothly until Hurricane Katrina hit and Snowball evacuated to Houston.

As the U.S. Attorney's office here puts it:

Due to the disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina, the LCRCP did not issue pension payments in Plessy's name for some months. In April 2006, Snowball sent a letter to the LCRCP administrator providing a new address for her father in Houston and requesting that her name be put on her father's subsequent checks because he had allegedly "lost his ID" during the Hurricane and she needed to help him negotiate the checks.

In response the LCRCP sent two checks - both in Plessy's name - to Snowball's Houston address. Those two checks were ultimately deposited into a Bank of America account assigned to Snowball.

The "lost his ID" ploy raised some suspicions, as did other correspondence from Snowball to the LCRCP, which conducted an investigation. That investigation found that Snowball's father, Edward Plessy, had been cashing checks from the Great Beyond, so they immediately hired a psychic to hold a seance and tell him to stop doing so.

Actually, they called the authorities. And yesterday Snowball entered a guilty plea of cashing almost $50,000 worth of checks made out to her dead father.

Sentencing is set for April.

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