Missouri mom forced to pay back stolen welfare benefits

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 8:06 AM

 (KMOV) – A Missouri mom will be forced to pay back stolen welfare benefits after she was caught.

She was collecting welfare dollars for her children - despite the fact that her children lived in Seattle with their father.

By entering a guilty plea this woman got probation, but she must pay back $12,000 of your tax dollars.

Our sister station in Kansas City exposed this problem in October of 2012.

Carmen Cash was receiving state benefits to care for her children - but the kids were actually being taken care of by their father on a military base in Washington State.

When the father alerted the Missouri Department of Social Services about the fraud, he claims he got no response - meanwhile Carmen Cash kept receiving checks.

Things got heated when KCTV 5 showed up at her Mexico Missouri home for answers.

On Tuesday, the Department of Social Services has revamped their enforcement efforts because of a state audit.

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