CSAO: Shelton Woman Charged in $100,000 Benefit Fraud

Shelton Woman Charged in $100,000 Benefit Fraud

A Shelton woman was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $100,000 in public assistance by misrepresenting her income and assets in order to qualify for food and health care benefits.

NATALIA K. WITTMER, age 47, of 53 Dartmouth Drive, Shelton, was arrested by Inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community.

The arrest is the result of a complaint filed by the state Department of Social Services, which administers the Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that Wittmer is accused of defrauding.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Wittmer and her family received more than $39,800 in SNAP benefits and another $65,128 in Medicaid benefits between January 2012 and December 2016.

The investigation determined that Wittmer’s income far exceeded program guidelines and that her lifestyle, which included owning several real estate properties and expensive automobiles, was inconsistent with the financial picture she painted in the paperwork she filed with DSS, the warrant alleges.

Wittmer was released on a $5,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court, G.A. No. 5, on April 5, 2018. The charge is merely an accusation and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Larceny in the First Degree is a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. The Statewide Prosecution Bureau is prosecuting the case.

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