An Arizona man allegedly buried his dead 97-year-old mother in the backyard and told no one so that he could continue to collect the woman’s Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits, local police said.
Daniel Shannon, 66, of San Tan Valley, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly hiding the corpse of Leonie Shannon, who hadn’t been seen since December, the Pinal County Sheriff’s office said. Police were called to the home on April 5 after someone became concerned about the woman.
When detectives questioned him Wednesday, he admitted his mom passed away on Dec. 21 and instead of reporting it, he buried her in the backyard so he could continue receiving her Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits, cops said.
He claimed he needed the benefits to help pay for the patent on his “invention.” Police did not say what that invention was. Shannon was charged with fraud and improper disposal of a body.