Kirkville woman pleads guilty to stealing benefits intended for her dead mother

KIRKVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Kirkville  woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $67,000 in pension benefits intended for her dead mother.

Tammy Banack pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny in Onondaga County Court on Thursday.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on June 15.

According to the plea agreement, she will be sentenced to five years probation and she must pay back more than $67,000 that she pilfered after hiding her mother’s death from the state’s retirement system.

Banack must also pay back $19,000 that she illegally obtained through welfare fraud.

Banack initially faced charges including second-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud, two counts of third-degree grand larceny, and offering a false instrument for filing – all felonies.

Investigators say Banack’s mother – Rosemary Banack – was receiving pension benefits after her husband, Anthony Banack, died in 2004.

The funds were going to a joint bank account in the names of Rosemary and Tammy Banack.

After her mother died, Tammy Banack continued to take money out of the account to spend on herself.

She was also allegedly receiving Medicaid assistance through the department of social services, and hiding the $1,000 she was taking from the pension benefits.

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