After Watching NASCAR With Dead Man Over Several Months, Woman Charged With Cashing His Pension Checks

JACKSON (AP) – A Jackson County woman, who lived for months with the corpse of a companion, was arraigned Friday, on charges of cashing his pension and Social Security checks.

Seventy-one-year-old Linda Chase appeared in court three weeks after police found the remains of Charles Zigler in a chair in the living room of the home they shared.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that Chase is charged with forgery for converting checks worth $28,000 intended for Zigler. A judge released her after advising her to appear for all court dates.

“I can’t even walk. Why would I run?” Chase replied.

Chase is not charged with any crimes related to Zigler’s death or her failure to report it.

Police believe the 67-year-old died of natural causes in December 2010, although Chase said it was last year.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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