A Stoney Creek woman disposed of her aunt's dead body and continued to collect her disability cheques for three years, police say.

In July, police were contacted by a "concerned family member" who alleged another person in the family had died and the proper authorities hadn't been alerted, police say.

The Homicide Unit began investigating, and discovered a 62-year-old woman died of natural causes in 2009.

Her caregiver at the time was her niece. Police say the niece did not notify the authorities of her aunt's death and disposed of the body on her own. Police have not said how they believe the body was disposed of.

The niece also continued to collect her aunt's Ontario disability pension for two-and-a-half years following the death, police say.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, homicide investigators arrested a 45-year-old Stoney Creek woman.

She has been charged with indignity to a dead body, fraud over $5,000, two counts of forgery, personation with intent to gain advantage, and uttering a forged document.

She was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 26.