Woman accused of concealing mother’s death, getting benefits

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois woman is accused of concealing her mother’s death and continuing to accept the woman’s financial benefits and assistance.

Reena S. Hayashi of Fairview Heights is charged in St. Clair County Circuit Court with two counts of concealing a death and one count of obstructing justice.

Hayashi’s bail was set at $60,000. Police on Monday found of the body of 80-year-old Karen Hayashi in a bedroom of the home shared with her 48-year-old daughter.

A neighbor had requested a well-being check. When police asked her about her mother, Reena Hayashi told them she had moved to Hawaii. Authorities said the woman had been dead for an extended time.