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Pennsylvania Welfare Case Workers Accused Of Stealing Money

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - The attorney general’s office is bringing charges against two former case workers in a Delaware County welfare office for allegedly diverting state funds for their own use.

Even though they worked in the same state welfare office in Darby, AG spokesman Nils Frederiksen says there’s no evidence that 47 year-old Cynthia Lewis of Lansdowne and 43 year-old Ivan Jones of Philadelphia collaborated on their alleged crime, even though the schemes were similar.

“In the case of Cynthia Lewis, she’d allegedly fabricated six different public assistance accounts, and then – using her position as a case worker for the Department of Public Welfare – placed funds into those accounts, which were then allegedly withdrawn by her, and used for her own personal expenses.”

Frederiksen says Lewis allegedly withdrew more than $250,000 state dollars. Jones allegedly stole $39,000 by manipulating existing accounts.