Brewer Man Sentenced for Stealing $69K in Benefits Due to Deceased Mother 

A man from Brewer has been ordered to pay back more than $69,000 to the federal government after forging his deceased mother’s name on benefit checks. 57-year-old Joseph Lebard will also have to spend six months in prison. He was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Bangor. Lebard admitted that shortly after his mother died in April of 2006, he signed her name to survivor benefit checks she received because her husband was killed while working for the Navy. Lebard kept up the scam for more than four years, until investigators caught on to him.