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Wake Forest woman charged with fraud

Posted May 22, 2011

Police say a Wake Forest woman defrauded the government to get nearly $6,500 in childcare subsidies, according to arrest warrants.

Monique Santiago, 32, of 1722 Pasture Walk Drive, was charged with childcare subsidy fraud Sunday. She was being held in the Wake County jail on a $3,000 bond.

Warrants state that Santiago, who is unemployed, lied about her employment status to get money for daycare for her two children. She allegedly provided false paycheck stubs to continue to receive public assistance, according to warrants.


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  • 2cents May 23, 2011

    How about the lottery winner still on Food Stamps that we read about last week?!?!?!

  • Brogden May 23, 2011

    You see it in every grocery store check out line! Healthy, well dressed young adults pulling out that red/white/blue food stamp card and getting their groceries for free only to carry them out and put them in a $25k dollar vehicle! Something bad wrong with these people and this system!

  • YNCSW51 May 23, 2011

    As so many here has stated it is ashame that people abuse the system and working class people who pay taxes has to pay for this. Here I am working 2 jobs to provide for my family and trying to finish grad school. I do wish the system would crack down on these individuals.

  • Rebelyell55 May 23, 2011

    Makes you wonder whatelse she lied about. Legal status?

  • williammjohnston May 23, 2011

    Mchigam2, right on! But try getting this through to our politicians, particularly the liberals! who néed these votes!

  • braddavis May 23, 2011

    mchljam2, I'm a UNC grad, and for once, I agree with Duke!

  • mchljam2 May 23, 2011

    kathycore, I will do you one better. The whole welfare system needs to be thrown out. If there is a need for assistance, it should be such a process, starting with limiting the time and number of children a family may have on this system. Also they should have to come pick up their money and submit to random drug testing, and monthly show that they still meet eligability requirements. With a DEFINITE end after a set time!!! NOT A LIFETIME!!!!!!!

  • braddavis May 23, 2011

    OMG, she lied about her employment status to provide for her children? WOW, this is real news here.

    I'd say it's news when she's living off of my tax money that, by the way, I work 40+ hard hours a week to give her. I didn't even get a Christmas card from her!

  • 2cents May 23, 2011

    I was speaking with SARCASM people...

  • 2cents May 23, 2011

    I was speaking with sarcasm everyone! lol - put down the pitchforks!