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Woman forged dead husband's name for cash

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

October 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Victorville woman pleaded guilty of forging her dead husband's name to collect disability money for an injury he was suffering before his death.Brenda Lee Piper, 52, was arrested on Sept. 7, charged with five counts of forgery and five counts of grand theft of personal property.

Piper's husband, Derrick Morris, was murdered in March 2009. Up until the time of his death, he was getting workers' compensation disability payments from a work-related injury.

His insurance company, however, did not know of his death and continued sending checks to Piper's address. In total, there were five checks, and all five were forged with Derrick Morris' signature and cashed.

Investigators said Piper was likely the culprit who forged her husband's signatures.

Piper pleaded guilty on Sept. 27 and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. Piper also has to reimburse the insurance company the amount she stole, which was $3,617.20.

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