December 6, 2013

Lewiston woman faces welfare fraud charges

Amina Ege, 41, is accused of illegally receiving benefits over a nine-year period starting in 2004.

The Associated Press

LEWISTON — A Lewiston woman has been charged with fraudulently obtaining about $10,000 worth of welfare benefits.

Amina Ege was indicted this week on multiple counts of theft by deception, aggravated forgery and unsworn falsification.

The Sun Journal reports that authorities allege the 41-year-old Ege lied about the fact that she was living with a man who provided her with financial support and of failing to disclose that she had received a worker’s compensation settlement.

The result of those omissions, according to the indictment, was Ege receiving more than $10,000 worth of food stamp benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and housing assistance.

She allegedly received benefits over a nine-year period from 2004 through 2013.

Ege has been summoned to appear in court. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer.

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