My Evil Twin Did It

204 recently featured a story about a former state worker who, when accused of defrauding the government of $15,000, blamed it on her evil twin. Seriously… I can’t make this stuff up.

According to the story, a former employee of the Indiana Department of Education used her boss’s time stamp to make it look like she made $8.52 per hour when she really made $16.43 per hour. She allegedly falsified these documents—not once, not twice, but 27 times over eight years—and used them to qualify for over $15,000 in services from the state’s Childcare Development Fund. Surely there is a way to check the accuracy of the information? The state’s Childcare Development Fund provides assistance to children so they can afford daycare.

When confronted by the Office of Inspector General, she allegedly claimed that her twin sister had stolen her identity and had perpetrated the fraud. By the way, there are ways to check for identity fraud.

So the question for the day is…how many kids in Indiana could have been helped by $15,000 in childcare subsidies?

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Woman Blames ‘Evil Twin’ In Welfare Fraud,” by staff published by the, September 8, 2011.

Indianapolis – A former state worker accused of welfare fraud and forgery is blaming her “evil twin” for defrauding the government out of more than $15,000 meant for the needy.

Janell Athalone-Afrika, 42, falsified her income and forged documents to claim more than $15,000 in government support for child care over eight years, prosecutors claim.

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