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:
- Melissa Basaldua, 26, of Porterville
- Shaianne Boheman, 24, of Lindsay
- Carlos Campos, 37, of Visalia
- Sheyann Chavez, 25, of Porterville
- April Crone, 39, of Porterville
- Brandi Fettig, 39, of Visalia
- Maria Gallegos, 52, of Dinuba
- Guillermo Gonzalez, 42, of Tulare
- Monica Gonzalez, 32, of Porterville
- Isidro Flores, 33, of Porterville
- Rayna Hill, 28, of Woodlake
- Charles Macias, 38, of Woodlake
- Orlando Gonzalez, 36, of Tulare
- Allen Hulsey, 60, of Porterville
- Lacey Laney, 31, of Dinuba
- Enrique Yepez, 40, of Dinuba
- Claudia Martinez, 38, of Porterville
- Marlina Martinez, 25, of Dinuba
- Patricia McCarthy, 42, of Porterville
- Shelbi McDonald, 26, of Tulare
- Dora Pablo, 38, of Porterville
- Jaime Risner, 39, of Springville
- Octavio Silva, 30, of Visalia
- Sharon Smothers, 59, of Porterville
- Diane Soria, 57, of Visalia
- Daneilla Trevino, 31, of Porterville
- 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.