Woman Collects More Than 100k In Welfare Fraud For Non-Existent Children

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Sabrina Strothers

Woman Collects More Than 100k In Welfare Fraud For Non-Existent Children

Pittsburgh, PA Welfare Fraud – A suspect, Sabrina Strothers, age 23, has been charged after collecting more than $100,000 in welfare benefits for three children that don’t exist.

According to news sources,  Allegheny County Court District Attorney’s Office Detectives conducted an investigation after receiving information from her cousin earlier this year.  They discovered that Strothers was apparently pregnant with triplets in 2008 but they were never born.  Strothers told Allegheny County social workers that she had three children, Thomas, Tomalyia, and Tyreik Wilson, who were born on November 20, 2008.  She began collecting welfare benefits on their behalf and continued receiving payments until March, 2016.  Those payments stopped after the fraud investigation began.

Strothers received $89,453 in medical assistance funds, $37,269 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, and $2,073 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grants, which total $128,795 of illegal benefits from the Department of Human Services for the State of Pennsylvania.  She lied to Investigators and told them that the children lived with their father in Atlanta, and that she sent her benefit card to him so he could provide for the children.  Strothers did not provide a name or address for the non-existent children’s father to social workers.

According to police sources, an investigation by Allegheny County Court District Attorney’s Office detectives earlier this year revealed that Strothers used Social Security numbers for her non-existent children from individuals who were born in 1887, 1945, and 1960.  She has been charged with two counts each of Forgery and Making False Statements in a Welfare Investigation, and one count of Theft by Deception.  Strothers’ preliminary hearing date is set for December 22, 2016, in Allegheny County.  It is not known if Strothers was ever actually pregnant or if she has other children.

We find it despicable that someone would claim to have children just to collect welfare benefits.

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