Woman Fakes “Triplets” for Welfare Fraud

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A Pittsburgh woman lied about her employment, her residence, and the “triplets” she supposedly had that never existed, scoring over $100,000 in benefits.

Office of Inspector General Investigators said that back in November of 2008, Sabrina Strothers, 23, of Pittsburgh’s Upper Hill district, went to the Allegheny County assistance office to inform them about the birth of her triplets.

According to tribliv.com, Office of the Inspector General investigators wrote in the complaint that, “Social Security numbers provided for the children on the application came back to individuals born in 1887, 1980 and 1960.”

Strothers kept these fake children on all her applications for benefits right up until 2016. This allowed her to fraudulently obtain $37,269 in food-stamp benefits, and almost  $90,000 in medical assistance. She was also able to collect about $2,000 in benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Strothers also deceived the county about her actual residency. Strothers claimed to have lived in Pennsylvania when she was actually living in Baltimore, Maryland for over a year. She even submitted a false letter stating she was completing an internship in Philadelphia.

Strothers also made false employment claims, according to the Office of Inspector General investigators.

Strothers gave the county employment verifications for Community Psychiatric Centers, stating she worked 20 to 24 hours a week with an hourly wage of $11.25. She even had the documentation signed by a doctor.

According to the complaint, Strothers was working 40 hours a week at $13 an hour, and the doctor, whose signature was on her documents, told police he did not sign the verification.

screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-9-55-40-amStrothers entire fabricated life began to unravel when she was interviewed by investigators and the timeline of her pregnancy and the triplets’ births contradicted her previous information, Strothers eventually gave herself up and told the investigators how she falsified all of her information.

Strothers was charged with two counts of Forgery and Making False Statements in a welfare investigation and one count of Theft by Deception.

 

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