TAMPA, Florida — That’s just cold.
The survivors of a dead Florida retiree agreed to pay the government the proceeds of the sale of the man’s condo after it emerged he had secretly kept his dead wife’s corpse in a freezer for eight years so he could continue to collect her social security benefits.
Prosecutors say that in all, Allan Dunn had collected $92,088 in benefits from when his wife Margaret died in 2002 until his own death in 2010.
But instead of alerting officials that his wife had passed away, Dunn stuffed her body in a freezer in the couple’s Sun City Center home and continued to collect her social security checks. The truth emerged after he died.
Upon his death, his only asset was the condo he and his wife shared and his heirs — who were unaware that he had covered up his wife’s death and kept her stashed in the freezer — agreed to waive their rights to inherit the property and to hand over the proceeds from a sale.
The unit was sold and after paying back taxes, sales costs, and cash owed to the condominium association, the remaining $15,743.14 were handed over to the government.