Austrian police discovered a body of 89-year-old woman who died of dementia over a year ago.
Her son, 66, kept her body in the cellar to guard against the smell.
The man pocketed $59,000 since June 2020 from the payments, police say. The suspect would get his mum’s benefits by post every month, but a new postman recently asked to see the beneficiary, and when the son refused, he reported it to the authorities.
He is accused of benefit fraud and hiding a corpse.
An autopsy ruled out that he had killed his mother, who is believed to have suffered from dementia, in June last year.