LONDON, Ont. -- For 19 years, the federal government paid pension benefits totalling about $133,000 to In Kun Kang.
The trouble is, she was dead.
Now, a London man is charged with defrauding Canada's pension system out of the money.
RCMP said a couple of decades ago a man was legally given control over his mother's bank account to help with her finances as she aged.
"He was legally entitled to conduct business on the account and take money from the account," Cpl. D'Arcy Cartier said.
But when his mother died, the federal government was not notified.
"Her Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security continued to be deposited to the account," Cartier said.
Employment and Social Development Canada first identified the overpayment of benefits and contacted police last year, RCMP said Wednesday.