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SEASIDE WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO WELFARE FRAUD

Contact: Jim Martin, Deputy District Attorney (831) 755-5321

Post Date:02/26/2020 1:42 PM

Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni announced today that Erica Posadas, age 35, resident of Seaside, pled guilty to felony welfare fraud. The plea was taken by Monterey County Superior Court Judge Rafael Vazquez.  

Between the months of April 2016 and March 2017, Posadas was receiving both cash aide (CalWorks) and food stamps (CalFresh) claiming that she was unemployed and needed these benefits to support her family. A subsequent investigation by the Department of Social Services and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office revealed that Posadas was in fact employed at a local nail salon during the entire fraud period.   

This resulted in her household receiving income well above the lawful income threshold. Posada’s misrepresentations resulted in a $11,314.00 over payment of benefits. 

Posadas will be sentenced on April 23, 2020 and faces three years of formal felony probation, up to 365 days in jail, and will be ordered to pay back the loss directly to the Department of Social Services. 

Monterey County Department of Social Services along with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has a welfare fraud tip line. If you have information regarding welfare fraud you can leave an anonymous tip at (831)755-3224.  

This case was investigated by the Department of Social Services and District Attorney Investigator Kris Hunsaker. 

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