MADISON, Wis. – A man convicted of keeping his dead mother in a freezer for years pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally collecting thousands of dollars of her Social Security benefits after her death.
The charge of misusing a Social Security number carries a maximum five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 19.
Schuth, 53, is serving a seven-year sentence in state prison after being convicted of hiding a corpse and other charges.
After a standoff with police last April, officers found his mother's body in a basement freezer.
Schuth said his mother died of natural causes in 2000, but he concealed her body because he was afraid people would think he killed her, Sinnott said.