Three from AC indicted on welfare fraud charges

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MAYS LANDING – Atlantic County grand juries indicted three Atlantic City residents on separate and independent welfare fraud charges, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit and the Atlantic County Department of Family and Community Development Division of Fraud Investigations conducted three separate investigations over an 18-month period that led to the indictments June 12 of all three defendants for collecting welfare benefits to which they were not entitled, authorities said. All three were charged with one count of theft by deception of the Atlantic County Department of Family and Community Development.

The state alleges that Arnarey Hansen, 51, of the 600 Block of Virginia Avenue collected more than $8,000 in food stamp benefits by falsifying reports of employment income.

Mayola Sanchez, 51, of the 2900 Block of Jackson Terrace, is charged with collecting more than $18,000 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and food stamp benefits by filing for benefits under a false name.

The state alleges Jeannet Santiago, 39, of the 10 Block of South Iowa Avenue collected more than $17,000 in TANF and food stamp benefits by providing falsified documents, purported to be from the Atlantic City School District, to show children in her household who did not reside there, according to the prosecutor.

Theft by deception, a crime of the third degree, carries a sentence of three to five years in New Jersey State Prison and up to $15,000 in fines.

“The State will seek restitution from the defendants of the money they received as a result of their deceptions,” McClain said.

Welfare Fraud can be anonymously reported to the Atlantic County Department of Family and Community Development Fraud Investigation Unit by calling the 24-hour Fraud Hotline a 800-FRAUD05 (800-372-8305).


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