According to a release from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Baton Rouge man was arrested last Thursday for Forgery and Theft of over $400,000 from the Louisiana Teacher’s Retirement System.
Officials say Lester Joseph II, 42 of Baton Rouge, was arrested on 201 counts of Felony Theft (over $750, but less than $5,000) and two counts of Identity Theft.
Joseph allegedly forged his father’s signature on beneficiary checks and cashed them from 1999-2016, illegally collecting approximately $462,423.
According to a report by the Teacher’s Retirement System, Ms. Ruby Joseph, mother of Lester Joseph II, died in 1997 and listed her husband, Lester Joseph, Sr. as her beneficiary.
Joseph, Sr. began receiving benefits in January 1998, but died in October of that same year. The retirement system, unaware of Joseph, Sr.’s death, continued sending the benefit checks, which were allegedly received and cashed by his son.