3 women charged in Montgomery Co. welfare fraud

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - July 19, 2012

Tracy Warren of Pottstown, Terry Holmes of North Hills, and Megan Benson of North Hills are charged with theft by unlawful taking, welfare fraud, unsworn falsification to authorities, securing the execution of documents by deception, and related offences.

According to the district attorney's office, the cases are separate but the crime is the same. All three allegedly obtained public assistance benefits administered through the Montgomery County Housing Authority and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development by providing falsified information on their rental application so that they would meet certain income and eligibility requirements.

Prosecutors say Warren collected a total of $53,107 in benefits, Holmes collected $31,965, and Benson collected $37,813 for a combined total of $123,685 in fraudulent housing benefits.

Unsecured bail was set for all three women.

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