Almost 200 Pennsylvania residents were charged with welfare fraud in the first quarter of 2019.
The Office of State Inspector General said Monday that they have filed welfare fraud charges against 178 individuals between Jan. 1 and March 31. The total restitution owed in these cases is more than $886,000.
“Our Office remains vigilant to protect the integrity of our vital public assistance programs,” said State Inspector General Bruce R. Beemer. “We are proud to work with our partners in law enforcement across the Commonwealth to help those in need and stop those who cheat.”
Four Butler County residents have been charged.
Pamela Iman of Renfrew, Jennifer Flint of Butler, and Maria Rock of Lyndora all allegedly received thousands of dollars from SNAP.
Rock and Amanda Boyd of Cranberry are accused of receiving several thousand dollars in medical assistance.
If convicted, they face a maximum of seven years in prison and a fine of $15,000. They will also be disqualified from the benefits program they allegedly defrauded for a period of time.
A full list of defendants is available here.