Perhaps the easiest crime to commit is welfare fraud, and here’s the reason why, the federal government spent in 2011 alone over $1.03 trillion dollars, in welfare benefits providing funds to over 83-overlapping government programs. The data were compiled at the time by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which stated that the dollar figure means that “welfare spending is currently the single-largest category of spending in the federal budget.”

At that time then Senator Sessions who was the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee said: “No longer should we measure compassion by how much money the government spends, but by how many people we help to rise out of poverty,” welfare assistance should be seen as temporary whenever possible, and the goal must be to help more of our fellow citizens attain gainful employment and financial independence.”

Now fast forward to 2017 and the revelation that Helen Agbapuruonwu, 41, up until about 6-months ago, was one of those welfare recipients back in 2011 collecting welfare benefits, and just recently charged with welfare fraud.

The mother of 4 has been collecting food stamps and Medicaid assistance for the past 6-years before investigators uncovered the scam.

Agbapuruonwu who resides in an upscale neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia was arrested last week and charged with 4-counts of defrauding the welfare system to the tune of over $100,000 in collected benefits. However here’s the kicker, her husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, is a high-earning attorney in the nation’s capital, and earning in the neighborhood of $1.5 million per year as a lawyer, according to court documents.

Fidelis Agbapuruonwu

Moreover, it’s not known whether the husband was aware of his wife’s involvement in the scam or if he was at all involved, investigators are still attempting to assess his participation if any.

Although this is an unusual case both federal and local governments estimate that welfare fraud is the number one crime in America today, and questions about just how effective these programs are in actually reducing poverty. Research as shown that in many instances recipients actually refuse going back into the labor force and never return to work.

Source: NBC Washington

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