Eagle woman arrested in $65,000 public assistance fraud
Jennifer Lee Hetei, 50, was booked on multiple felony theft charges after allegedly falsifying documents to get $65,730 in assistance
A 50-year-old Eagle woman has been arrested on felony theft charges after she allegedly falsified state public assistance documents in order to get $65,730 in payments illegally, authorities say.
Jennifer Lee Hetei was booked last week into the Eagle County Detention Facility on multiple felony theft charges.
The Eagle County Joint Fraud Investigations Task Force began investigating the case in April, according to a news release by the task force.
Law enforcement agents found that Hetei intentionally misrepresented her household composition and income to make herself eligible for public-assistance benefits from November 2011 through March.
The task force has recovered $150,000 in restitution since 2015 after 10 investigations.
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