Woman ordered to repay welfare $11,000 in benefits received fraudulently

August 16, 1996|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

A city woman was ordered yesterday to pay restitution for more than $11,000 in welfare payments she admitted to collecting fraudulently from Baltimore County's Department of Social Services.

Adriana Elizabeth Scott, 25, had claimed that she lived in the county, had custody of her three children, and needed food stamps and financial assistance through the Aid for Families with Dependant Children program because the whereabouts of the children's father was unknown.

But while receiving the welfare payments in 1993 and 1994, Scott lived for part of the time with the children's father in the 4300 block of York Road in Baltimore, and her mother cared for the children in Baltimore County for at least three months, according to testimony in Essex District Court.

The deceit came to light after Scott sought a protective order against the father in August 1994, alleging that he had hit her, pulled a knife on her and threatened her life. In court over that matter, Scott admitted to receiving public assistance in Baltimore County while living in the city.

Scott pleaded guilty a year later to welfare fraud -- one of the more than 100 people caught each year in the county. District Court Judge Alexandra Williams, who gave her an 18-month sentence with all but a few days suspended, ordered her at the restitution hearing yesterday to pay back $11,458.

County social services spokeswoman Maureen Robinson said that of 6,700 people receiving public assistance in the jurisdiction in the last fiscal year, 121 were caught committing fraud.

In those cases, judges ordered restitution totaling $171,881, Robinson said.

Pub Date: 8/16/96

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