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Warrants: Woman lied to get $6K in benefits

Posted January 29, 2011

— A Raleigh woman is accused of lying in order to get nearly $6,500 in public assistance over more than a year, according to arrest warrants.

Sheila Garcia-Penaloza, 28, of 2293 Foxridge Manor, was charged Thursday with felony medical assistance fraud, felony food stamp fraud and misdemeanor public assistance fraud.

The warrants state that Garcia-Penaloza told a case worker that her children's father was not in the house. Court records, though, state that the father was living with her and was gainfully employed.

Investigators state in the warrants that Garcia-Penaloza collected $6,450.84 in public assistance, medical assistance and food stamps between November 2008 and May 2010.

She was placed in the Wake County jail under a $10,000 secured bond. Her first court appearance was set for Monday.

She was also placed under a detainer while the U.S. Immigration and Customs Services investigates her immigration status.


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  • no contest Jan 31, 2011

    There are those that say getting rid of the illegal's will leave a large amount of jobs unfilled that Americans do not want to do. What if those on public assistance were told they had to work to receive their ever increasing benefits?! I am sure the public assistance crowd could perform a wide range of jobs that the illegal's would leave behind. They may not like it, but the people that work for a living to support them would LOVE it.

  • readme Jan 31, 2011

    There are thousands and thousands of them doing this. Find them and deport them. They are making a joke of this country and its laws.

  • no contest Jan 31, 2011

    I am waiting for all the people out there that say illegals don't cost us any money.

  • bluemax4195 Jan 31, 2011

    Yet ANOTHER reason for a total and complete policy change regarding our borders and to tightening border protocal! Not only are some illegals, but they already KNOW how to "work the system" before they even step foot on American soil!

    What in world will it take before those who support "reducing" border security to ever "see" this for what it truly is - WRONG! Not to mention dangerous and in cases such as this one - a out right drain on our economy because the've managed to manipulate the system!

  • samiam1244 Jan 31, 2011

    Six thousand to every illegal ,just saying she is illegal adds up to a lot of money. no wonder the system is going broke. i hope they throw the book at her..