BRADENTON (CBSMiami/AP) — In order to keep collecting a man’s Social Security benefits, a Florida woman stuffed his body into a trash can after he died, according to investigators.
Michelle Haney, 48, was arrested Wednesday by Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies and is now facing charges of abuse of a corpse.READ MORE: Florida Lawyer Who Represented George Zimmerman In Trayvon Martin Case Arrested
Haney reportedly told investigators that Jon Christopher Leonard, 40, died in July of what appeared to be natural causes. His body was found in a trash can being stored at a neighbor’s home.
Haney and Leonard had been living together at the time. Instead of calling authorities, investigators said Haney stored Leonard’s body in a closet, before sealing it in a trash can three weeks later.READ MORE: Gabby Petito's Parents Traveled To Wyoming To Bring Her Remains Home
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She then took the trash can to a neighbor’s house and told the neighbor that she’d be back for it later. Investigators said the neighbor was apparently unaware of what was inside. He called authorities after he smelled an odor and opened the container.
Haney told investigators that she kept the body so she could continue receiving his benefits.MORE NEWS: No Bond For Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Who Was Released From From Jail 30 Days Ago On Juvie Probation
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