Welfare-fraud suspects stole nearly $400G, authorities say

Suspected welfare fraud totaling nearly $400,000 prompted the arrests of 23 people last week in Tulare County, Calif., according to reports.

Those arrested ranged in age from 27 to 52, Fresno’s FOX 26 reported.

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Alleged crimes included failure to report income, failure to report changes in household composition, and trafficking Electronic benefit Transfer benefits for financial gain, a news release from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said.

“It is a felony for an individual to make a false statement or misrepresentation of material facts in order to obtain over $950 of aid they are not entitled to receive,” the statement said.

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All told, the county district attorney’s Bureau of Investigations identified nearly $1 million in welfare fraud for 2018, FOX 26 reported.