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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD
Nine Ventura County residents have been arrested on charges of illegally obtaining more than $36,000 in government aid, local welfare fraud investigators announced Wednesday. Milton L. Suttle, chief of the investigations unit of the county Public Social Services Agency, said the suspects were rounded up over the last two months after warrants were issued for their arrests. "We just went out on a weekly basis until we got them," Suttle said.
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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.
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 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.
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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 14, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Despite the defendant's confession, a federal jury deadlocked Wednesday in a fraud case against a disabled woman accused of cheating the government out of more than $17,000 in welfare payments. Dessie Robinson, 55, who suffers from a heart ailment, diabetes and ulcers, admitted the fraud and apologized for her conduct during a brief appearance on the witness stand. Nevertheless, the jury was unable to reach agreement, telling the court that it was hopelessly divided.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a claim that law enforcement agents and prosecutors improperly targeted 21 African Americans arrested on charges of bilking a government welfare program for the blind, disabled and elderly poor. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie denied a defense motion to dismiss a 24-count fraud indictment against Dessie Robinson, 55, of Los Angeles, on grounds of selective enforcement and vindictive prosecution.
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