This is one of the worst forms of theft. Not only was she breaking the law, it was a betrayal of public trust. When people steal from programs funded with tax dollars, they’re stealing from all of us.
The Daily Caller reported:
Wife Of DC Lawyer Worth $1.5 Million Arrested For Taking Food Stamps, Welfare
An Arlington, Va., woman allegedly falsified welfare applications to receive more than $100,000 in benefits while her husband raked in $1.5 million salary.
Police say Helen Agbapuruonwu, mother of four, collected food stamps and Medicaid benefits from 2010 to 2016, while here husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, was earning $1.5 million as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., NBC News 4 reports.
Helen Agbapuruonwu “fraudulently obtained public assistance in excess of $100,000 under false pretenses” police allege, and she has been charged “with felony welfare fraud and document forgery,” according to a police report.
Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, who immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria in the 1990s, worked as an associate at Mayer Brown in D.C., according to his LinkedIn profile.
The report goes on to say that the husband Fidelis may have fled the country to Africa.
Should he return to the United States, he’ll probably be subject to some extreme vetting.
The couple should certainly be forced to pay back what they stole.