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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | April 12, 1994
In the first major investigation of welfare fraud in Carroll County, seven people have been accused of bilking the system out of as much as $32,000 each since 1991.A Carroll County grand jury handed up the indictments last month after the Carroll state's attorney's office began taking a "harder look" at welfare recipients who turn to the prosecutor's office for collection of child support."We're really beginning to focus on welfare fraud, now that we have the manpower to do it," said Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III, who presented the cases against the seven defendants to the grand jury.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2000
Confronted with four cases of people trying to get federal rent subsidies using phony documents last month, Howard County housing officials made a startling discovery - attempted housing fraud isn't a specific crime under state law. The situation so alarmed Leonard S. Vaughan, county housing administrator, that he asked County Executive James N. Robey to seek General Assembly action. Vaughan wants an existing state law outlawing attempted welfare fraud extended to cover housing programs.
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December 6, 1995
A 28-year-old Westminster woman accused of illegally receiving more than $12,000 in welfare payments was arrested Monday morning by Westminster police.According to city police, the woman made false statements to the Westminster Office of Housing and Community Development.In addition, police said she didn't tell the housing office about changes in her household that would have made her ineligible for welfare payments.Police said the woman received $12,729 in welfare payments she was not entitled to from Oct. 1, 1993, to June 30, 1995.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1996
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.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | December 11, 1994
A Carroll Circuit judge sentenced a Westminster man to four years in prison last week for a welfare fraud scheme in which he and his girlfriend stole nearly $8,000.Michael David Schweiger, 30, of Westminster was convicted in October of conspiracy to commit theft and welfare fraud. The conviction was a result of Carroll's first major welfare fraud investigation.On Thursday, Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. gave Schweiger a seven-year sentence, with three years suspended. He also imposed five years of supervised probation to follow Schweiger's release.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | October 13, 1994
A Carroll jury last night decided that Michael David Schweiger knew about and helped plan his girlfriend's theft of nearly $8,000 from the state's welfare coffers.Schweiger, who had insisted he knew nothing of Barbara Jean Barrett's nearly 10-month welfare-fraud scheme, is the first person among seven indicted in April whose guilt was decided by a jury.Now, convicted of conspiracy to commit theft and welfare fraud, he could be the first to be sentenced to serve time in what has been touted by prosecutors as Carroll's first push into the welfare-fraud arena.
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By Pat Gilbert and Pat Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Kris Antonelli contributed to this article | November 13, 1994
State and city police raided a coffee shop in the 300 block of N. Eutaw St. yesterday and arrested the owners on welfare fraud charges and three others on drug-related charges.Search-and-seizure warrants executed on the Eutaw Coffee Shop came after a three-month joint undercover investigation by both police agencies and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Tfc. David Hammel of the state police identified the coffee shop owners as Baban Nguyen, 42, "Mammasan" Nguyen, 50, and Dung Phoun Nguyen, 20, all of whom live on the premises.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1996
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.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2000
Confronted with four cases of people trying to get federal rent subsidies using phony documents last month, Howard County housing officials made a startling discovery - attempted housing fraud isn't a specific crime under state law. The situation so alarmed Leonard S. Vaughan, county housing administrator, that he asked County Executive James N. Robey to seek General Assembly action. Vaughan wants an existing state law outlawing attempted welfare fraud extended to cover housing programs.
NEWS
January 13, 2007
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. granted clemency to 18 people yesterday, bringing to 249 the number of pardons and commutations he has issued in his term. Yesterday's clemency orders went to: Marie T. Alexis, 54, convicted of battery in 1990; Debra Y. Blowe, 50, convicted of welfare fraud in 1977; Timothy Breth, 55, convicted of breaking and entering and seven counts of larceny in 1970, and possession of controlled dangerous substance and paraphernalia in 1974; Tammy L. Carper, 41, convicted of distribution of phencyclidine in 1984; and Alverta L. Chapman, 47, convicted of shoplifting in 1978.
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December 6, 1995
A 28-year-old Westminster woman accused of illegally receiving more than $12,000 in welfare payments was arrested Monday morning by Westminster police.According to city police, the woman made false statements to the Westminster Office of Housing and Community Development.In addition, police said she didn't tell the housing office about changes in her household that would have made her ineligible for welfare payments.Police said the woman received $12,729 in welfare payments she was not entitled to from Oct. 1, 1993, to June 30, 1995.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | December 11, 1994
A Carroll Circuit judge sentenced a Westminster man to four years in prison last week for a welfare fraud scheme in which he and his girlfriend stole nearly $8,000.Michael David Schweiger, 30, of Westminster was convicted in October of conspiracy to commit theft and welfare fraud. The conviction was a result of Carroll's first major welfare fraud investigation.On Thursday, Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. gave Schweiger a seven-year sentence, with three years suspended. He also imposed five years of supervised probation to follow Schweiger's release.
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By Pat Gilbert and Pat Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Kris Antonelli contributed to this article | November 13, 1994
State and city police raided a coffee shop in the 300 block of N. Eutaw St. yesterday and arrested the owners on welfare fraud charges and three others on drug-related charges.Search-and-seizure warrants executed on the Eutaw Coffee Shop came after a three-month joint undercover investigation by both police agencies and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Tfc. David Hammel of the state police identified the coffee shop owners as Baban Nguyen, 42, "Mammasan" Nguyen, 50, and Dung Phoun Nguyen, 20, all of whom live on the premises.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | October 13, 1994
A Carroll jury last night decided that Michael David Schweiger knew about and helped plan his girlfriend's theft of nearly $8,000 from the state's welfare coffers.Schweiger, who had insisted he knew nothing of Barbara Jean Barrett's nearly 10-month welfare-fraud scheme, is the first person among seven indicted in April whose guilt was decided by a jury.Now, convicted of conspiracy to commit theft and welfare fraud, he could be the first to be sentenced to serve time in what has been touted by prosecutors as Carroll's first push into the welfare-fraud arena.
NEWS
By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | April 12, 1994
In the first major investigation of welfare fraud in Carroll County, seven people have been accused of bilking the system out of as much as $32,000 each since 1991.A Carroll County grand jury handed up the indictments last month after the Carroll state's attorney's office began taking a "harder look" at welfare recipients who turn to the prosecutor's office for collection of child support."We're really beginning to focus on welfare fraud, now that we have the manpower to do it," said Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III, who presented the cases against the seven defendants to the grand jury.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | September 24, 1990
A 39-year-old Baltimore woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the stabbing death of her Arbutus boyfriend.In pronouncing the sentence, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John F. Fader II acknowledged an "excellent presentation" by the attorney for Amelia H. Oconis, but said the Sept. 3, 1989, murder of Alfred Franklin Schraider was "not out of character for this lady.""She has committed numerous crimes in the past," Fader said. "She is an absolute danger to society. She has taken a life.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 19, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Under attack by Sen. Bob Dole for having twice vetoed welfare legislation, President Clinton gave his blessing yesterday to the most radical of all state welfare experiments, which would abolish the federal guarantee of cash assistance for poor children in Wisconsin and replace it with wage subsidies for single mothers who work.The program, which has been hailed as an innovative way to move people from welfare to work, was devised mainly by Gov. Tommy G. Thompson of Wisconsin, a Republican often mentioned as a possible running mate for Dole in this year's presidential election.
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