2010-10-07 / Local & State

Pa. Man Gets Probation In Buried Roommate Case

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A suburban Pittsburgh man who buried his dead housemate in their back yard will spend 3 1/2 years on probation for cashing her Social Security checks worth nearly $34,000.

Kenneth Zang, 59, of Turtle Creek, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in June to one count of theft of government property. Zang cashed the checks from November 2004 to July 2008.

The checks belonged to 70-year-old Mary Whetsell, who died of natural causes in 2004. Zang told authorities he buried Whetsell because he couldn’t afford a funeral.

Authorities discovered her body and Zang’s check cashing after her estranged son came looking for her in July 2008.

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