For about six or seven months when I was around twelve or thirteen my family had to go on welfare. My dad had been in a bad work accident and there was a petty bad economy at the time where I lived far as employment went.
My mom went to the welfare office and got on welfare and we were on it for around half a year. The same week my dad’s work injury settlement came in my mother got this pretty good job working for the county.
The very week that she got her first paycheck from the new job the first thing that she did was she called the welfare people and had them stop her payments immediately. Looking back on that its hard to imagine how some people can take advantage of a system so much.
Welfare plays an important role in our society, allowing people in need to get back on their feet and preventing poverty from overtaking the lowest of the low in our society.
Welfare fraud, on the other hand, undermines all of those benefits and casts a shadow of doubt across the entire system. While it’s impossible to catch all forms of welfare fraud, it’s important to ensure that the funds appropriated for these purposes are used on those who truly need them.
The “kids” were named Thomas, Tomalyia, and Tyreik Wilson, and they all had social security numbers on file. The triplets made her eligible for welfare support and soon she began collecting checks each month to support her “family.”
She managed to evade detection for years and years, all the way up to this January. A cousin of hers apparently became fed up with her free ride, and soon Sabrina was facing far more than free checks every month.
She has now been charged with two counts of forgery and making false statements in a welfare investigation for each child, and a further count of theft by deception. Her charges would have been less severe had she not lied to investigators on several occasions.
Strothers was first contacted by the Office of the Inspector General last year, and she told them that the kids lived with their father in Georgia. When asked for proof like an address or phone number, her story crumbled. She soon confessed to her crimes and was promptly arrested. Thankfully, there were no actual kids for the investigators to worry about – only a fraudulent criminal.
The fraud was described in its entirety as $36,269 in food stamps, $90,000 in medical care and $2,000 from a fund called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Imagine how many needy, struggling families that tax-payer money could have gone to help over the years!