I find a bit of truth in the statement:  “There is no place like home.”  There is an inherent sense of comfort associated with your home; whether it’s the familiar smell or just a comfy couch.  For some, the idea of home is broken; it’s a dream of what they wish to have.  According to a JCOnline.com article, one Indiana woman lied about her home situation, seeking a little assistance where it wasn’t due.

Everyone’s idea of a “home” is different; perhaps you remember your mother’s house as your ideal “home,” or maybe something place else springs to mind.   Fraudsters look at the concept of home a bit differently – as yet another way to defraud the government.   (It’s ok – how will anyone every really find out?) A 29-year old Indiana resident with three kids found herself with an opportunity to lie for a little extra cash. (Is it moral to take the opportunity just because it’s there?)

Indiana is making efforts to crack down on welfare fraud.  As part of those efforts, investigators discovered a young woman who lied about her household income and composition to obtain welfare assistance.  She pleaded guilty in February to welfare fraud, a class D felony. (Ok, so what’s the damage?) Court records reveal she received $10,180 between 2009 and 2011 through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, by claiming the three children’s father was unemployed and did not live in the house with them.  (It’s ok – the government doesn’t really care, right?) Court documents say the father was employed and resided full-time with the mother and children.  In addition, the investigation discovered he was a convicted felon, which automatically makes him ineligible for benefits.  The woman will serve two years of community correction in addition to her restitution payment. (That’s it?  They lied about his criminal record, his employment and his living situation and she only gets two years of community correction.)

“There’s no place like home in jail,” said no one, ever.  I am willing to bet this young fraudster thought her home was invincible, as she was defrauding the government of benefits she didn’t deserve.  In the face of court and jail, she should be thankful for the home she and her felon husband have.

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