Crime

State worker, welfare recipient in Kentucky accused of fraud in obtaining benefits

A state employee and a welfare recipient have been accused of scheming to fraudulently obtain more than $10,000 in state benefits.

Angela Weatherington, 34, a state Cabinet for Health and Family Services employee in Campbell County, and Nicholas Wilson, 41, of Fort Thomas were named in an indictment returned by a Franklin County grand jury, Attorney General Jack Conway said.

According to Conway's office, Weatherington assisted Wilson in fraudulently obtaining more than $10,000 in Medicaid and food stamp benefits.

Weatherington is charged with two counts of assistance program fraud by an employee. Wilson is charged with two counts of scheming to defraud an assistance program. The charges are Class C felonies, punishable by five to 10 years in prison on each count.

The case stems from an investigation by the attorney general's Department of Criminal Investigations. Prosecution will be handled by the attorney general's Division of Special Prosecutions.

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