Even though the left or the press will rarely admit it, welfare programs are rife with fraud. Not only are many welfare programs bloated and burdensome on the taxpayer, many people take advantage of these programs that are meant to give a temporary hand-up to those in need. Research even shows that welfare doesn’t succeed in its stated goal, which is to reduce poverty. In fact, it may only make people more comfortable with remaining in poverty.
A recent story out of Arlington, Virginia highlights how shocking some examples of welfare fraud can be. A woman was caught receiving welfare benefits — while her husband was making over $1 million annually as a high-powered attorney.
An Arlington woman was arrested this week and charged with four counts of welfare fraud for collecting over $100,000 in benefits – all while her husband was a high-earning attorney in D.C., police say.
Police say a six-month investigation into Helen Agbapuruonwu, 41, found that the mother of four had collected benefits like food stamps and Medicaid assistance for the past six years.
While Helen was collecting benefits, her husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, was earning $1.5 million per year as a lawyer, according to court documents obtained by News4.
Her husband wasn’t formally charged, but there’s evidence he was in on the fraud:
Fidelis’ LinkedIn page claims he works for the D.C. firm of Mayer Brown, but today the firm said he no longer works there. Court officials believe Fidelis, a Nigerian immigrant, has “fled the country and is somewhere in Africa.”
Not only did the woman not qualify for the benefits, but the value of the benefits she was receiving was only a small fraction of the salary her husband was making. Receiving the benefits probably didn’t do much to improve the standard of the couple’s living.
The bizarre story highlights what has become a growing problem. Once welfare programs are in place, they can rarely be downsized. And as welfare programs increase,hardworking taxpayers get forced subsidizing the lives of people who don’t need help.