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Waynesboro woman charged with welfare fraud

June 01, 1999

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro woman has been charged with receiving welfare benefits from two states simultaneously, according to the Office of the Inspector General of Pennsylvania.

A criminal complaint charging welfare fraud was filed against Rhonda L. Mills, 20, of West Second Street before District Justice Gary L. Carter in Chambersburg, according to Inspector General Robert DeSousa.

DeSousa's office claims a woman illegally received more than $1,000 in public assistance benefits by failing to report the receipt of public welfare from West Virginia to the Franklin County Assistance Office between June 18 and Sept. 30, 1997.

Conviction on charges of welfare fraud carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, fines of up to $15,000 and mandatory repayment of any money illegally received and disqualification from the assistance program.

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