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July 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Welfare recipients and their friends and relatives could be defrauding taxpayers of $500 million a year through the county's child-care programs, a grand jury report concludes. According to the report, released Thursday, some county employees estimate that half of the $1.1 billion in funding for the CalWORKs program is lost to fraud because the Department of Public Social Services doesn't verify that welfare-to-work recipients meet the requirements for child-care payments. "Widespread abuse ...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Already facing charges that she murdered and dismembered her spouse, Ventura resident Gladis Soto was charged Wednesday with a single count of welfare fraud for allegedly stealing $47,605 in government aid for her five children. Soto, 38, allegedly scammed more than $15,800 a year in welfare support between Aug. 1, 1994, and Aug. 31, 1997.
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August 16, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anna L. Johnson, the surrogate mother who is fighting to keep the unborn child she agreed to carry for another couple, is facing welfare fraud charges for collecting about $5,000 more in public assistance than she was entitled to. Lawyers for Mark and Crispina Calvert, the couple whose baby Johnson is due to deliver in October, said the revelations about her alleged conduct show that Johnson cannot be trusted when she claims that the couple mistreated her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anna L. Johnson, the surrogate mother who is fighting to keep the unborn child she agreed to carry for another couple, is facing welfare fraud charges for allegedly collecting thousands of dollars more in public assistance than she was due. Lawyers for Mark and Crispina Calvert, the couple whose baby Johnson is to deliver in October, said the revelations about her alleged criminal conduct show that Johnson cannot be trusted when she claims that the couple mistreated her.
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August 20, 1995 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County district attorney investigators for the past year have quietly conducted full-fledged investigations into the lives of 450 randomly selected welfare recipients, none of whom are suspected of any wrongdoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1987 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
Federal, state and local officials, responding to reports of widespread welfare fraud among Southeast Asian refugees in California, are calling for stronger law enforcement and increased community education to combat the problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1992
Five defendants in the largest welfare fraud case in the history of San Diego County, including the ringleaders in the welfare department--pleaded guilty Monday to charges of misappropriation of public funds. Victoria Aguirre and Angela Nieto, former employees of the Income Maintenance Bureau in the Department of Social Services, pleaded guilty to three counts of misappropriating public funds. In two of the counts, they admitted taking more than $25,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1988 | RICHARD BEENE and A. DAHLEEN GLANTON, Times Staff Writers
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that unlawful fraud investigation tactics at county welfare offices are preventing homeless people from receiving the public assistance they need. The lawsuit asks the court to end a county policy of stationing fraud investigators from the district attorney's office at Social Services Agency offices where the homeless and other people apply for assistance under the county's general relief program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A welfare fraud ring that included five former San Diego County Department of Social Services employees embezzled as much a $1 million in a scheme that operated between 1986 and 1990, district attorney officials said. Prosecutors charged 20 people with 67 counts of welfare fraud in the case, which began by happenstance on March 1, 1990, when a state analyst did a routine compliance audit of San Diego County Department of Social Services' welfare cases.
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November 9, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A Michigan brother and sister were charged with felony welfare fraud Monday for allegedly collecting more than $15,000 in food stamps and child care payments while claiming to live in Orange County. Quidonna Taylor, 33, and Clifford Taylor, 27, both of Detroit, are accused of having the California Department of Social Services mail checks and scrip to a post office box in Orange County, from where it was forwarded to Michigan.
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