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Ex-county employee arrested in welfare fraud case?

Published On: Apr 16 2014 11:54:35 AM CDT

Grand Junction is the county seat of Mesa County.
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -

A woman who was trained to spot welfare fraud as an employee of the Mesa County Department of Human Services has been arrested after she was accused of defrauding the agency of welfare program funds totaling nearly $13,000.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Michelle Rich was released from the Mesa County Jail on Tuesday on $7,500 bond. She is facing charges that include attempt to influence a public servant, theft, forgery and perjury.

Rich is accused of filing false applications for assistance, which included failing to report that the father of her child had been living with her and financially supporting her since 2012.

An attorney for Rich could not be located for comment.

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