Alleged welfare fraud nets charge

A Barrie woman has been charged in connection with a social-assistance fraud, police report.
It’s alleged that the accused received social assistance for two years, from October 2007 to October 2009, reporting that she had no employment income, say police. The accused also reported that the father of her one child was in a military prison in Zimbabwe and that she did not know the identity of the father of her second child.
An investigation revealed the accused was actually married to the father of her children, and was residing with her husband in Barrie. The investigation also revealed the accused was the owner of a hair salon in Barrie. In total, police say the County of Simcoe, which administers social assistance for the region, was defrauded in excess of $30,000.
A 29-year-old woman was charged Monday (Oct. 29) with one count of Fraud Over $5000 and released on a Promise to Appear for a Jan. 10 court date.

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