Santa Rosa, CA – June 16, 2017 – Defendant Erica Ramirez, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to serve 90 days in county jail, repay Sonoma County over $15,000, and remain on felony probation for a period of three years. Ramirez entered a “no contest” plea in April to one felony count of welfare fraud after having been charged with welfare and perjury charges.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “the Sonoma County Human Services Department has the difficult job of ensuring that money allotted for those in need is appropriately distributed. When people applying for funds misrepresent facts, or intentionally fail to disclose facts, the department’s ability to provide services is undermined. Our office has always taken this kind of fraud seriously, and we will continue to do so in the future.”
The charges resulted from an anonymous report that although Ramirez had applied for and been granted welfare benefits from Sonoma County Human Services between June of 2014 and January of 2016, she also continued to work and received income from that work. The resulting investigation by the Sonoma County Human Services Special Investigations Unit verified the anonymous reports.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Amy Ariyoshi. The Sonoma County Human Services Special Investigation Unit headed the investigation.