State Rep. Cecilia Velasquez didn’t see why the state needed any more laws against food stamp fraud.
Maybe she should try the old “I was trying to catch fraudsters by setting a trap” defense.
From Fox News:
An Arizona Democratic lawmaker who once voted against welfare fraud protections in her state has been indicted on felony charges of defrauding the food stamp program.
According to the indictment unsealed earlier this week, state Rep. Cecilia Velasquez was charged with three felony counts: unlawful use of food stamps, fraudulent schemes and practices, and theft.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security began investigating Velasquez in 2014. According to the Arizona DES, Velasquez fraudulently used $1,726 worth of food stamps between 2013 and 2015.
This past February, Velasquez had voted against a bill aimed at giving the same state agency stronger anti-fraud tools – a program that could have quickly detected her alleged fraudulent activity.
And this case is not the first time that this woman has been in trouble with the law.
From The Phoenix New Times:
This is the second time the former paralegal and mother of five children has been in legal trouble in her short political career. As Channel 12 News reported after the election, the Florence Municipal Court had an active warrant for her arrest at the time for failing to pay fines for driving with a suspended license and without insurance. Court records show she’s a driving scofflaw, with numerous infractions going back to the 1990s.
Gee, I wonder if this case could shed any light on lawmakers who say that there is no need for voter ID laws?