Welfare Fraud worker accused of Fraud

By: Stacia Strong Email
By: Stacia Strong Email

Mesa County, Colo. A woman who was trained to spot welfare fraud as an employee of the Mesa County Department of Human Services has been arrested after she was accused of defrauding the agency of welfare program funds totaling close to $13,000.

According to an arrest affidavit, Michelle Rich faces charges of attempting to influence a public servant, theft, forgery and perjury.

Rich is accused of filing false applications for assistance, which included failing to report that the father of her child had been living with her and financially supporting her since august 2012.

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