Welfare is an important program in our society because it helps poverty-stricken people or those who have fallen on hard times to get back on their feet. However, when welfare is misused, this is called fraud. While not all welfare fraud cases can be prosecuted, there are some that are so blatant that they warrant repercussions. Here is one case in point:
Consider one Sabrina Strothers, who after looking at her life story you will realize that she is the very definition of a welfare queen. Simply put, this Pittsburgh native (read: con artist) pulled-off one of the worst cases of welfare fraud, dating all the way back to 2008. She claimed that she had triplets in 2008, however there was one small problem.
Her “triplets” were named Tomalyia, Tyreik, and Thomas, and this made her eligible for welfare support. This gave her the ability to collect checks each month to support her family, but it turns out it was all one giant lie.
Here’s where the story gets even better.
Although Sabina Strothers was finally turned in by one of her cousins, the investigators determined that her “children” actually did have social security numbers, but they indicated that these “kids” were born in 1887, 1945, and 1960. She’s either a true-life vampire, or she’s a con-artist welfare queen! (Hint: it’s definitely the latter)
After her cousin’s tip, she was prompted contacted by the inspector general, and she claimed that the reason her “triplets” weren’t with her is because they were with their father in Georgia. However, she couldn’t provide an address or phone number, so she was booked with charges of forgery, making false statements, and fraud by deception. Luckily, no actual kids were involved with this criminal’s activities, because chances are, she would have just kept the checks and neglected them completely!
Seriously, this woman collected at least $36,000 in food stamps, $90,000 in medical care (Seriously, how in the WORLD did she pull that one off??), and $2,000 from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Even though she was charged back in January, this case is still winding its way through the courts. Either way, it’s truly appalling how many people that truly needed these funds were left out in the cold because of this woman’s dishonesty. Hopefully she is appropriately prosecuted!