The welfare system in the U.S. is riddled with fraud and abuse due to it’s complexity and sheer size. Big government oftentimes fail American taxpayers when rampant abuses goes unchecked. Instead of helping those who are truly struggling, there are many who easily take advantage of our welfare system.
Helen Agbapuruonwu, a 41-year-old Arlington woman, allegedly collected more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded welfare benefits. She cashed her monthly checks while her husband was making millions of dollars as a Washington, D.C. attorney!
Yes, you read that correctly.
Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, her husband, was earning $1.5 million per year from his law practice, NBC reported. He worked for the prestigious Mayer Brown Law Firm. In 2001, the prominent attorney was even awarded the distinguished Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship award.
The welfare cheat used the award to put herself through law school.
Helen Agbapuruonwu, a mother of four, was under investigation by cops for six months. They found she had been collecting Medicaid and food stamps for the past SIX YEARS.
Her husband lost his job after the incident. He is a Nigerian immigrant. After the fraud investigation began, Fidelis fled the United States and is now somewhere in Africa.
Helen Agbapuruonwu’s defense attorney has refused to comment at all on the felony welfare fraud case. If Helen knows where her husband is, she is not talking. Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage, said, “We hope it sends a message that if you are taking public assistance it’s truly intended for those in need, and we’re committed to ensuring those who need the most help receive it.”
The welfare fraud case highlights just how easy it is to cheat the system. American taxpayers work hard for their money and should not be forced to give it to millionaires due to negligence by welfare agency workers!
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