State charges 10 in Philly for welfare fraud

Welfare fraud
March 12, 2012 11:00:47 AM PDT
A total of 10 people from Philadelphia have been arrested as part of a welfare fraud sweep.

The arrests were announced on Monday by the Pennsylvania State Police in conjunction with the Office of Inspector General and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

All told, the 10 are accused of defrauding the welfare system of $66,882.

"We will continue to crack down on people who commit welfare fraud," State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in a statement. "These individuals not only cheated the system, but also cheated law-abiding taxpayers who play by the rules."

The following individuals, all Philadelphia residents, were arrested for fraudulently receiving public assistance benefits:

  • Nakia Brooks, 37, allegedly received benefits totaling $9,799 ??????
  • Lisa Brown, 38, allegedly received benefits totaling $6,745
  • Derrick Bullock, 56, allegedly received benefits totaling $7,828 ???
  • Natalie Grant, 33, allegedly received benefits totaling $6,390 ??????
  • Tina Henes, 35, allegedly received benefits totaling $6,444
  • Latrice Lawson, 41, allegedly received benefits totaling $5,290 ????
  • Charnda Rice, 45, allegedly received benefits totaling $6,196 ??????
  • Joseph Tomasellie, 38, allegedly received benefits totaling $6,046 ????????
  • Michelle Wallace, 41, allegedly received benefits totaling $5,915 ?
  • Kim Webster, 51, allegedly received benefits totaling $6,229 ???????
Anyone found guilty of welfare fraud could face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, fines up to $15,000, mandatory restitution, and program disqualification.

The Office of Inspector General also asks that anyone with information on welfare fraud to call the Welfare Fraud Tipline at 1-800-932-0582. Callers may remain anonymous.


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