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Authorities: Woman Fraudulently Obtained About $200k In Benefits While Running $1 Million Business

The Office of the State Inspector General says Kimberly Coleman applied for and accepted over $195,000 in child care and SNAP assistance

January 04, 2019 - 1:41 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A Butler County woman is facing multiple fraud charges after authorities say she received almost $200,000 in state benefits while running a million-dollar business.

The Office of the State Inspector General says Kimberly Coleman applied for and accepted over $195,000 in child care and SNAP assistance from June 2014 to November of 2018 while she owned and ran a residential care business that received over $1 million from the Department of Health and Human Services for services rendered. 

“This kind of benefits fraud is especially repugnant,” said State Inspector General Bruce R. Beemer. “This Defendant stole tens of thousands of dollars from the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, not out of need or hardship, but out of simple greed.”

The inspector general’s office was tipped off by Cranberry police and OSIG agents discovered in their investigation that Coleman failed to report her employment, income and assets while providing false information in order to continue receiving the benefits.

Authorities also discovered that she falsified paystubs to mislead caseworkers.

In addition, Coleman falsified her address so that she could continue to receive benefits through Allegheny County even though she lived in Butler. 

Coleman is charged with three counts of welfare fraud of the third degree and awaiting trial. The maximum penalty for each charge is seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. 

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