50 Arrested in Alabama for Welfare Fraud

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A total of 50 people from across Alabama have been arrested on welfare fraud charges after a roundup by the Alabama attorney general's office and county sheriffs.

Attorney General Troy King said Thursday those arrested had been indicted for various welfare fraud schemes.

The charges included falsely claiming children were living in a home, defendants claiming they worked fewer hours than actually worked and lying on applications for benefits.

King said indictments have been returned in about 160 cases and attempts are being made to arrest additional suspects.

King was surrounded at a news conference by representatives of Alabama sheriff's departments.

Clarke County, Ala., Sheriff's Department Sgt. Maurice Dyess said making the arrests is difficult because the suspects move frequently and don't want to be found.


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  • by some 2 say Location: everyway on Dec 14, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    2 some of these people dat don't know their r people that work and get assistance 2 so they can dive new car just like u what makes u so special i'm pretty sure all people wants nice things. why don't u people worry about yourself because at da end of da day we r all da same.i get assistance and i have 2 cars with 3 kids and if i see something i need for me and my kids i'm going 2 get-it i don't give a dam what no 1 say.....later
  • by CURIOUS Location: MERIDIAN on Dec 13, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT RECEIVE ASSISTANCE ALSO WORK SO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE SAYING THAT PEOPLE CARRY DESIGNER BAGS AND DRIVE NICE CARS WORK JUST AS HARD AS YOU ALL DO. I RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FOR MY CHILD AND I JUST LIKE THE OTHER PEOPLE YOU ARE COMMENTING ON DRIVE A NICE SUV, CARRY DESIGNER BAGS, & DRESS TO IMPRESS. NOT TO ADD THAT I WORK ALSO. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE UNEMPLOYED TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE. DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE COMMENTING ON OTHER PEOPLE!!!
  • by STACY Location: STONEWALL on Dec 13, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    THA SAME THING NEED TO GO FOR STONEWALL AND ENTERPRISE BECAUSE ITS PEOPLE AROUND WITH SUV"S AND NICE CARS WITH A EBT CARD ALSO AND THEY DRESS TO KILL WITH A COACH PURSE AND NIKES ON AND THEIR KIDS LOOKING BAD!!!!!!!!!! ITS HAPPEN EVERYDAY ALLDAY ITS NEEDS TO STOP EBT IS FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT
  • by Here Location: Butler on Dec 12, 2008 at 04:19 PM
    I loaded plenty of groceries paid for with EBT card into very noce cars and I know they did not need them... needs to be more bust on this issue.
  • by nikki Location: meridian on Dec 12, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    the people that done this should never be able to get welfare again thats for people who realy need it
  • by Lisa Location: QUITMAN on Dec 12, 2008 at 07:11 AM
    This goes for Clarke County Mississippi as well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Thankful Location: Kemper on Dec 12, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    Great job!!! Now maybe some of these people will think twice and get a job beside sitting on their lazy bottom and waiting on their welfare ckeck to go to the mall to buy the latiest pair of shoes. Some of these people dress better then me and i work everyday to make a living.
  • by james Location: newton county on Dec 12, 2008 at 03:10 AM
    newton county needs to do the same. I see them everyday with cards (sometimes two different cards) yet they drive new cars, cell phones for all kids,and dont work. I work everyday and cant buy what they do.
  • by Kim Location: Meridian on Dec 11, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    Lauderdale County needs to do the same thing. It's ridiculous to see people driving new cars and then pay with an EBT (Eat Better Today) card at the grocery store. Also, you always see the grown up dressed real nice, carrying a designer handbag and their kids are dressed all homely.
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