SUN CITY CENTER, FL — The heirs of a Sun City Center man accused of putting his wife in a deep chill after her 2002 death so he could keep collecting her Social Security checks have reached an agreement with federal authorities. The sale of Allan Dunn’s condo resulted in the Social Security Administration’s recovery of more than $15,000 of the estimated $92,088 the man was accused of swiping, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Federal authorities say Margaret Dunn died at the condominium she and Allan Dunn shared in Sun City Center sometime in 2002. After her passing, “Mr. Dunn concealed his wife’s death by placing her body in a freezer in her home,” acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announced in a media release.
The chilling discovery of what happened to Margaret Dunn wasn’t made until Allan Dunn’s own death in 2010, the U.S. Attorney’s Office noted. During the eight-year period, Allan Dunn “improperly collected $92,088 in federal benefits," federal officials contend.
Allan Dunn’s heirs did not know that Margaret was dead and stowed in the freezer, federal officials say. Consequently, they “agreed to waive their rights to inherit the condominium and put it up for sale.” Officials have not identified the heirs, nor have they said how they are related or connected to Margaret and Allan Dunn.
The sale of the Dunn’s condo was announced on June 30. After back taxes, sales costs and back payments to the condominium association were made, the government was able to recover $15,743,14, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported. The payment, authorities say, resolves the “allegations that Mr. Dunn failed to report the death of his wife” and kept collecting checks. The condo was Dunn’s only asset of value, the agency noted.
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