Daily News reports:
A Pennsylvania woman is charged with accepting more than $100,000 in welfare benefits for three children who were never born, authorities said.
Sabrina Strothers, 23, surrendered Monday to police on charges of theft, forgery and welfare fraud, according to a police affidavit.
Detectives from the Allegheny County Court District Attorney’s Office said that Strothers was pregnant with triplets in 2008, but that the babies were never born.
Strothers reported that three children — Thomas, Tomalyia and Tyreik Wilson — were born on Nov. 20, 2008, and she collected benefits for them until March, after her cousin allegedly alerted authorities.
Strothers received $89,453 in medical assistance funds, $37,269 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and $2,073 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grants — totaling $128,795 of illegal benefits from Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services.
When questioned about the children’s whereabouts, detectives said Strothers told them, “they were not in her household, but were living with their father in Atlanta, Georgia,” according to the affidavit.
Social security numbers used to claim benefits for the children in fact belonged to people born in 1887, 1945 and 1960.
Strothers is scheduled for an evidentiary hearing in Allegheny County Court on Dec. 22.