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31 people charged with welfare fraud in Tulare County, DA says

TULARE COUNTY, California - Thirty-one people were charged this week on charges of welfare fraud, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said Friday.

On May 7 and 8, criminal investigators served 27 felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants for suspects wanted for the crimes.

The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility or cited on charges of fraud:

  1. Melissa Basaldua, 26, of Porterville
  2. Shaianne Boheman, 24, of Lindsay
  3. Carlos Campos, 37, of Visalia
  4. Sheyann Chavez, 25, of Porterville
  5. April Crone, 39, of Porterville
  6. Brandi Fettig, 39, of Visalia
  7. Maria Gallegos, 52, of Dinuba
  8. Guillermo Gonzalez, 42, of Tulare
  9. Monica Gonzalez, 32, of Porterville
  10. Isidro Flores, 33, of Porterville
  11. Rayna Hill, 28, of Woodlake
  12. Charles Macias, 38, of Woodlake
  13. Orlando Gonzalez, 36, of Tulare
  14. Allen Hulsey, 60, of Porterville
  15. Lacey Laney, 31, of Dinuba
  16. Enrique Yepez, 40, of Dinuba
  17. Claudia Martinez, 38, of Porterville
  18. Marlina Martinez, 25, of Dinuba
  19. Patricia McCarthy, 42, of Porterville
  20. Shelbi McDonald, 26, of Tulare
  21. Dora Pablo, 38, of Porterville
  22. Jaime Risner, 39, of Springville
  23. Octavio Silva, 30, of Visalia
  24. Sharon Smothers, 59, of Porterville
  25. Diane Soria, 57, of Visalia
  26. Daneilla Trevino, 31, of Porterville
  27. Jacob Vasquez, 40, of Visalia

Four other individuals wanted on felony welfare fraud charges surrendered themselves to the Tulare County Superior Court, the DA's Office said. Their names were not made available.

The total amount of alleged fraud in all of these cases, including the four individuals not listed, is over $140,000, the DA's Office said. It is a felony for an individual to make a false statement or misrepresentation of material facts in order to obtain over $950 of aid that they were not entitled to receive.


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