A Pittsburgh woman is in trouble after receiving more than $100,000 in welfare benefits and lying about her circumstances, collecting money for “triplets” who didn’t exist.
Sabrina Strothers, 23, reportedly lied about her income, address, employment and existence of three children in an effort to intercept the fraudulent state benefits.
Strothers reported the birth of triplets to the county Assistance Office in November 2008. Although the Social Security numbers provided for the children on her application came back to individuals born in 1887, 1980 and 1960, Strothers continued to list the children on applications for benefits through 2016.
According to the complaint, Strothers also falsified her residency information claiming a Pennsylvania address for over a year when she was living in Baltimore, MD. She also submitted a forged letter in 2013 claiming that she was completing an internship in Philadelphia.
The complaint also stated that Strothers submitted employment verification for Community Psychiatric Centers claiming that she worked 20 to 24 hours a week making an hourly wage of $11.25.
Investigators noted that Strothers was actually working 40 hours a week at $13 an hour. The doctor that Strothers purported to have signed her employment verification told police that he in fact never signed the document.
When an investigator with the Office of the Inspector General contacted Strothers, she told him that the triplets were living in Georgia with their father. She also told him that she sent her benefits card to the father to provide for the allege children. When prompted by the investigator, she could not provide any contact information for the “father”.
When pressed by investigators, Strothers admitted she falsified the information, according to the complaint.
Investigators noted that Strothers fraudulently had obtained $37,269 in food-stamp benefits, nearly $90,000 in medical assistance and just over $2,000 in benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
According to TribLIVE, court records list that Strothers is being charged with two counts each of forgery and making false statements in a welfare investigation and one count of theft by deception.
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