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32 felony welfare, insurance fraud arrests made in Tulare County


Thirty-two people were arrested on suspicion of felony welfare or car insurance fraud throughout this week, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Here are the 28 names released by the DA’s office who allegedly fraudulently received a total of $261,023 of welfare funds:

  • Mayra Alcauter, 22, of Tulare
  • Katherine Benitez, 29, of Ivanhoe
  • Richard Esparza, 43, of Visalia
  • Tamara Harmon, 27, 0f Visalia
  • Guadalupe Centeno, 20, of Visalia
  • Maurice Lacy, 37, of Visalia
  • Kay Lopez, 41, of Porterville
  • Guadalupe Martinez, 47, of Porterville
  • Jazelle Padilla, 25, Visalia
  • Selena Renteria, 35, of Visalia
  • Fabiola Rivas, 44, of Visalia
  • Isabel Robles, 51, of Visalia
  • Elaine Sanchez, 53, of Dinuba
  • Alma Sanchez, 20, of Porterville
  • Octavio Silva, 32, of Visalia
  • Diana Vorhies, 49, of Visalia
  • Arturo Cabrera, 24, of Farmersville
  • Erika Alcantar, 40, of Porterville
  • Jose Sanchez, 44, of Porterville
  • Elvira De La Cruz, 41, of Farmersville
  • Vanessa Johnson, 44, of Visalia
  • Lisa Agundis, 19, of Porterville
  • Jorge Gonzalez, 21, of Farmersville
  • Jessica McKay, 19, of Tulare
  • Socorro Campos, 69, of Visalia
  • Pamela Goldstein, 41, of Visalia
  • Brittany Dowdy, 25, of Visalia
  • Sheila Bell, age 32, of Porterville

They’ve been booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility or cited. In 2018, nearly a million dollars worth of welfare fraud funds were identified.

Here are the four people arrested on suspicion of car insurance fraud, totaling $8,301.

  • John Martinez, 29, of Ivanhoe
  • Kristy Sandoval, 43, of Ivanhoe
  • Joseph Crumm, 53, of Visalia
  • Ismelda Orozco, 51, of Visalia

If the public has further information related to suspected fraud, contact the Bureau of Investigations at 559-636-5410.

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