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Santa Rosa Woman Sentenced In Welfare Fraud Case
Santa Rosa, CA – August 4, 2017 – Defendant Blanca Edith Barrera, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Elliot Daum to serve 90 days in county jail followed by three years of formal probation after entering a “no contest” plea to one count of felony welfare fraud in June of this year. In addition to the jail time she was ordered to repay the County of Sonoma $14,644.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “The Sonoma County Human Services Department is responsible for providing financial support to those in need in this community. The funds available are limited, and when this type of fraud happens it has a real effect on the County’s ability to provide helpful services to this vulnerable population.”
The charges resulted when Ms. Barrera failed to report income and employment as required between September of 2012 and December of 2013. The omitted information was legally required in order to determine her need and benefit amounts. The resulting investigation by the Sonoma County Human Services Special Investigations Unit verified that Ms. Barrera had applied for and been granted both cash aid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) aid in the amount of $14,644.00 to which she was not entitled.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Amy Ariyoshi. The Sonoma County Human Services Special Investigation Unit headed the investigation.