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Two charged with pocketing client's Social Security

Feb. 18, 2009

A grand jury has indicted the owners of an Elm Grove adult-care facility, charging them with pocketing more than $165,000 in Social Security payments intended for one of their former clients.

Two Social Security checks intended for the client came in to the Total Life Healing Center Fairhaven, 2165 Fairhaven Blvd., in the weeks before and after the client transferred to a different residential facility. Total Life's owners, Dennis Crouse and Sharon Schroeder, kept the money for themselves, according to the indictment.

Crouse and Schroeder applied to receive direct Social Security payments on behalf of the client in November 2006. Twelve months later, the client's guardian moved the client to a different facility. The defendants didn't tell Social Security that the client was elsewhere, according to the indictment.

Social Security sent Total Life a check for $68,940 in October 2007 and one for $96,310 in December 2007. Crouse and Schroeder kept the money, the indictment says.

A number listed for Total Life was disconnected.

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