Federal authorities have started their own investigation into the man who says he hid his mother's body in a freezer for more than four years.
Assistant U-S Attorney John Vaudreuil says Philip Schuth could face a charge of theft of government funds if he's convicted of embezzling his dead mother's Social Security funds.
Schuth told police he hasn't had a real full-time job in years and relies on his mother's checks.
He says she died of natural causes in 2000 so he put her body on ice in a basement freezer. Schuth is in custody after a neighbor says he was the man who shot and wounded him.
Officer found ten-thousand dollars in cash in Schuth's house and $25,000 in an account he shared with his mother.