A 42-year-old mother of four in Arlington, Virginia, has been charged with allegedly falsifying welfare applications despite the fact that her husband made $1.5 million annually, according to The Daily Caller.
Police reports said after several months of investigating, it was discovered that Helen Agbapuruonwu collected food stamps and Medicaid benefits from 2010 to 2016 amounting to more than $100,000 in benefits.
The woman’s husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu was earning $1.5 million as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. at the time, according to NBC News 4.
Police said Agbapuruonwu was charged with “felony welfare fraud and document forgery.”
Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, a Nigerian immigrant, has a LinkedIn page that currently says he works for the D.C. firm Mayer Brown. However, on Monday, the firm told NBC 4 he is no longer employed there.
NBC 4 reports Agbapuruonwu, who is one of eight children in his family, had received the Paul and Daisy Soros Scholarship to help him kick off his career in law. The Soros scholarship is specifically awarded to immigrants. While Agbapuruonwu was originally studying philosophy at Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, Nigeria, he switched his career path to law upon receiving the scholarship.
According to the Daily Caller, officials believe Fidelis “fled the country and is somewhere in Africa.”
“We hope it sends a message that if you are taking public assistance, it’s truly intended for those in need, and we’re committed to ensuring those who need the most help receive it,” Ashley Savage, spokeswoman for the Arlington County Police, told NBC News.
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