Metro government routinely paid out pension benefits to a widow whose husband died in 1997. Trouble is, for the last two years the woman was not alive when the benefits kept coming.
Now Metro wants back the approximately $20,000 it says it paid out beginning in March 2007 to Alma Sheets, and it filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court this week against Joseph Sawyers of Clay County, Mo., who acted as the executor and personal representative of the Sheets estate.
Metro claims Sawyers was negligent because he did not properly inform the government of Sheet’s death in 2007 and allowed the pension benefit checks to continue being direct-deposited into the estate’s account.
Sheets began receiving the benefit checks in 1997 shortly after her husband, Harding Sheets — a former Metro employee — passed away.
Metro is seeking up to $100,000 in relief from Sawyers for damages suffered as a result of paying out the benefits.