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Warning A Santa Ana resident, Larry Thomas Dominguez, 65, was charged with fraudulently collecting more than $100,000 of his deceased father’s Social Security benefits, after bones believed to be those of his father were found in the backyard of his former home. The bones were found when a family in the neighborhood had bought the home and begun renovations.
Dominguez was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on a felony count of theft by embezzlement, with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white-collar crime over $100,000. Dominguez lived in the home with his father and mother since the late 1960s. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office allege that Dominguez collected more than $1,100 a month between his father’s death in May 2005 and January of this year. If convicted, he faces a maximum of four years in prison.
Authorities began investigating Dominguez on Sunday after a human skeleton was discovered during a renovation project at a home he used to own. Though an autopsy did not immediately identify the remains, they were believed to be those of Dominguez’s father, Wallace Benjamin Dominguez.
There is no death certificate for Wallace Dominguez and authorities do not know how he died. Investigators were able to pinpoint May 2005 as his date of death but did not elaborate as to how. Larry Dominguez’s mother also lived at the home, but investigators have a death certificate for her.
Larry Dominguez was originally arrested on suspicion of homicide, but prosecutors filed the embezzlement charges as authorities continue to investigate the manner of death.
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Orange County, CA.
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