Six Interior residents charged with welfare fraud

Posted: Tuesday, June 04, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Six Interior residents were indicted last week on charges they lied about their income to the state Department of Public Assistance in order to illegally receive food stamps and other public assistance money.

The charges involve tens of thousands of dollars and dozens of criminal counts stretching back to 1998.

On Thursday, a Fairbanks grand jury returned indictments against Gregory Franklin, 51, Teneisha Franklin, 22, Laurie R. Ginnis, 37, and Fabian Medina, 49, all of Fairbanks; Freda A. Williams, 42, of Galena; and Victoria M. Jones, 54, of North Pole.

Warrants have been requested for the arrest of both Gregory and Teneisha Franklin with a proposed bail amount of $10,000 for each. The other four defendants have been issued summonses to appear in court on June 11.

The charges were presented to the grand jury by Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Vasquez, who runs the welfare fraud section of the Department of Law. Vasquez said such welfare sweeps are periodically undertaken in areas throughout the state, including one or two a year in the Interior.

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