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February 11, 1987
A woman has been sentenced to a year in County Jail after pleading guilty to welfare and food stamp fraud, an official in the district attorney's office said. Lorraine Angela Maitland, 33, of Costa Mesa failed to report that she was living with the father of one of her two children, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Teresa Viscoli. The father, William Taylor, was fully employed from March, 1980, to November, 1985, when the fraud occurred, Viscoli said.
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November 26, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Britain began an identity card program for foreign nationals, six years after heated debate over whether the costly plan is an effective tool against terrorism, identity theft and welfare fraud. The program will start with about 50,000 foreign students and spouses of permanent residents who will receive cards if they qualify for visa extensions. Other foreign nationals living and working in Britain will eventually need cards as the program is expanded.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN
Ventura county would double its staff to prosecute welfare fraud cases under an agreement proposed between the Ventura County district attorney's office and the county's Public Social Services Agency. The agreement, to be considered on Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, would qualify the county for state and federal funds to pay the salaries of a full-time attorney, a part-time attorney and a legal assistant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Charges have been filed against 21 people accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $2 million in benefits from a state-funded program designed to help the disabled or elderly receive in-home care, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley announced Thursday. A growing number of fake identities are being used to scam the $1.6-billion program, called In-Home Supportive Services, which is administered by the county, Cooley said.
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April 2, 1997 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adding fuel to the debate over welfare reform, a controversial government study in Orange County found nearly half of a group of families on public assistance had committed fraud while obtaining financial aid or food stamps, primarily by concealing cash income that would have reduced their benefits. The study concluded that as much as $22.8 million in overpayments are being made each year to county recipients of Aid to Families With Dependent Children and food stamps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1990 | KIM KASH
A Ventura woman found guilty of four counts of welfare fraud was sentenced this week to six months in jail and five years probation. Ramoni Cherise Lofton, 34, was convicted by Superior Court Judge Robert Bradley of receiving welfare payments and food stamps for one of her three children by withholding the fact that the boy's father was living with them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1992
Supervisor Brian Bilbray on Wednesday called for a doubling of the number of San Diego County welfare fraud investigators and support staff to ferret out fraud by welfare recipients and Department of Social Services employees. In addition, Bilbray also asked county Chief Administrative Officer Norman Hickey to investigate reports that some employees in the fraud investigations office have prevented internal probes of wrongdoing by other employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Citing their aggressive push to curtail welfare fraud in Ventura County, district attorney's investigators announced Friday that they closed all but 19 of the 365 cases they were assigned last year. Of the 346 closed cases, 116 felony or misdemeanor complaints were filed and 106 arrests were made, Senior Dist. Atty. Investigator David Stone said. "Welfare fraud is not being ignored in Ventura County," Stone said. "We're prosecuting more folks now than ever before."
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January 19, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The number of convictions for welfare fraud in Alameda County has nearly doubled because of a new investigative team, officials said. The unit, which shifted investigation of serious cases from the county's welfare department to the district attorney's office, won convictions in 76 cases in 1991, compared with 41 cases in 1990 and 32 in 1989.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Pacoima grandmother was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on welfare fraud charges for allegedly collecting benefits for an out-of-state granddaughter and two bogus children, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Atanacia Mattioli, 67, allegedly collaborated with a county Department of Public Social Services employee in a scheme through which she improperly collected about $15,000 in welfare benefits, said Deputy Dist. Atty. John Allen.
NEWS
November 23, 2007
Fraud hotline: An article in Thursday's California section reported that a worker with the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. was sentenced to 16 years in prison for welfare fraud. Her prison sentence was 16 months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2007 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
A welfare worker stole more than $4,000 worth of bus tokens and passes meant for foster children and their families. A retirement agency employee fraudulently claimed nearly $90,000 in welfare benefits. And another welfare worker falsely told colleagues her father had died and took the money they donated to her in sympathy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A woman accused of using fake Social Security numbers to steal more than $160,000 in Orange County's largest-ever public assistance fraud case was arrested Friday, authorities said. Laura Bianca Razo, 41, is suspected of using three separate Social Security numbers to apply for government aid and financial programs between 1987 and 2006, including public housing assistance, student loans and welfare benefits, authorities said. It was not clear how the alleged crimes were uncovered.
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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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May 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The woman whose son claimed Michael Jackson molested him at Neverland ranch was ordered Friday to stand trial on felony charges that she stole $8,000 from the government through welfare fraud. The 37-year-old woman waived her right to a preliminary hearing during an appearance in Los Angeles County Superior Court and was set for arraignment June 21 on one count of welfare fraud and four counts of perjury by falsely applying for welfare.
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January 29, 2005 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
Inglewood school board member Cresia Green-Davis was convicted Friday on 14 charges that included welfare fraud, lying about her academic background and violating campaign finance reporting laws. After about 2 1/2 days of deliberations, the downtown Los Angeles jury returned guilty verdicts on all of the charges against Green-Davis, a former teacher for two school districts.
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March 22, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard woman who allegedly bought a home and a ski boat while receiving welfare payments was arrested on fraud charges after a 17-month investigation, authorities said. Mandy Magnuson, 31, a self-employed massage therapist, collected nearly $30,000 in cash aid and food stamps between 1995 and 1999, authorities allege. She was arrested at her home Tuesday and booked on felony charges of welfare fraud.
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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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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.
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