Four men have been charged in connection with a distraction burglary, following which a former Wolverhampton headmistress collapsed and died.
Along with a fifth man, the men have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery across the Midlands between July and October.
Some 28 offences are included in the charge against the men, aged 18, 20, 21 and two aged 22.
Hester Mottershead, 90, of Tettenhall, was the victim of a burglary in August.
Ms Mottershead, who lived alone, was a former head teacher at Bilston Girls High and Wolverhampton Girls High schools.
She collapsed after men posing as water board officials searched her home on 17 August. She died later in hospital.
The five men have been accused of carrying out burglaries and robberies across Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
They are due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on Friday.
West Midlands Police said four people, aged 18, 20 and two aged 22, remain on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.