Avon couple arrested for alleged public assistance fraud
EAGLE — An Avon couple is charged with stealing more than $10,000 in welfare fraud.
Blanca Uvidia Mendoza-Mendoza, 32, and her husband Sergio Delgado-Gallegos, 40, both from Avon, were targeted with an investigation on the misuse of services, forgery and providing false information.
The couple received public assistance from November 2011 through May 2015. During that time Mendoza-Mendoza failed to report income that would have made her family ineligible for public assistance.
Mendoza-Mendoza failed to report Delgado-Gallegos as her common law husband and that he lived in the home as the head of household.
Mendoza-Mendoza also failed to update her or Delgado-Gallegos’s income each time she completed her application forms for medical assistance benefits. Mendoza-Mendoza admitted that she completed the applications on her own, but she stated that Delgado-Gallegos knew about them, as well as the assistance they received from Eagle County Human Services.
During the investigation, detectives also received copies of Delgado-Gallegos’ W-4 tax form submitted by Mendoza-Mendoza to Eagle County Human Services upon request of staff in June. The W-4 tax form completed by Delgado-Gallegos contained the Social Security number of a resident of North Carolina.
It is estimated that from 2011 to 2015 Mendoza-Mendoza received benefits overpayments of over $10,000.
Mendoza-Mendoza was booked into the Eagle County jail on charges of identity theft, a Class 4 felony; two counts of forgery, a Class 5 felony; theft, a class 5 felony; and conspiracy, a class 5 felony.
Delgado-Gallegos was booked into the Eagle County jail on charges of identity theft, a type 4 felony and conspiracy, a type 5 felony.
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