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5 people from Mercer, Lawrence counties charged with welfare fraud in Pennsylvania

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – The state of Pennsylvania has charged 178 people so far in 2019 with welfare fraud, totaling $886,000.

The Office of State Inspector General says five of those cases are in Mercer and Lawrence counties, which amount to just over $25,000.

— Kaycee Messmer, of New Castle in Lawrence, $1,220 in Cash Assistance fraud and $2,610 in SNAP fraud
— Jessica Kiser, of Buchkannon in Mercer, $995.40 in Cash Assistance fraud and $2,016 in SNAP fraud
— Caitlin Gardner, of New Castle in Lawrence, $4,291 in SNAP fraud
— Michael Riggens, of Sharon in Mercer, $711 in SNAP fraud and $2,572.74 in Medical Assistance fraud
— Rebecca Fry, of Jamestown in Mercer, $10,838.48 in Medical Assistance fraud

Click here to see the full list of defendants.

“Every time we take action against somebody in welfare fraud actions, that is money that can be then used as we get the restitution back for people who truly need it,” said Deputy State Inspector General Lucas Miller.

The state investigates about 30,000 cases of alleged welfare fraud each year. Around 8,000 come from tips.

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