Welfare programs have been assisting needy individuals and families for decades, attempting to provide a sense of comfort to those who are struggling. While the federal government provides a multitude of welfare options to assist needy individuals (needy being the key word), there are still a large number of people who see an opportunity to take advantage of those government-run welfare programs. It leaves many people thinking: “Well…that’s not fair.”
A mother of seven, residing in Fruitvale, Colorado, has recently been accused of committing welfare fraud. While the woman has not been sentenced yet, she faces some hefty charges if proven guilty. Investigators allege that the woman neglected to tell officials that the father of her children was living in her home and supporting her and the children, while she collected welfare assistance. (If true, that breaks the rules.) An affidavit alleges she collected $36,362 in food stamps, $834 in Colorado work assistance and $1,321 in Medicaid from approximately 2008 to April of 2012. Authorities say that if the father of her children had reported his income to the county, it would have prevented her from collecting the welfare aid.
Court records indicate that the husband made nearly $99,000 in gross income in 2011, down from $107,000 in 2008. (If true, that does not help her case.) According to other records, he purportedly owns the home that alleged fraudster and her seven children occupied. The defendant was arrested for alleged fraud, and posted bail of $7,500. She is innocent until proven guilty and deserves her day in court. Whether she is innocent or guilty, one thing is certain: it is critical to properly report the number of household members and their income when applying for certain welfare programs. In the end, two facts really aren’t fair – that people are in such bad circumstances that they need welfare programs and that fraudsters exist who will take advantage of a system that so many so desperately need.