Wisconsin (The Gaslamp Post) – A woman was sentenced late last month after pleading guilty to ripping off the tax-payer by scamming the welfare system. Angela Burchett, 36, was charged with two counts of public assistance fraud, after investigators say she took $22,403.18 in public assistance as well as publicly funded medical benefits. She said that she needed it because she had no income for herself and her children, and that her husband split.
The problem was that her husband had not split, he worked for the railroad and earned a considerably handsome salary. With overtime, he was bringing home between $64,480 and $80,000, and his belongings were all over the home. Her husband told investigators that he received his mail, ate, and slept there, but only two to three times a week, every two or three weeks.
The couple also filed joint tax-returns.
Ms. Burchett was also alleged to have been using her public health benefits in addition to the health insurance that her husband had through work. When asked about it, Burchett told investigators that ”it was helpful.”
“It does bother me because it really takes away from those that are in need and we really need to help the families and children in our community with our programs,” said Jenny Hoffman, supervisor of Brown County Human Services.
Ms. Burchett pleaded guilty to one count of felony public assistance fraud under a plea deal. She was sentenced to one year in jail and two additional years probation. She will be required to pay back $16,052.18, that she took in benefits in both assistance and medical assistance benefits.