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Woman charged with welfare fraud, collected $100 a GRAM in food stamps, Medicaid, authorities say

A social worker displays a federal food stamps card in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Mar. 10, 2011.

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A Connecticut woman is charged with welfare fraud for obtaining more than $100,000 in benefits to which she was not entitled, authorities said.

Natalie Wittmer, 47, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community.

Authorities said Wittmer fraudulently obtained nearly $40,000 in food stamp benefits and another $65,000 in Medicaid benefits.

The Shelton, Connecticut, the woman’s income is far above the program’s guidelines and in conflict with her paperwork, researchers said.

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An affidavit also claims Wittmer and her family is the owner of two expensive cars and two houses.

Wittmer’s lawyer said that her client maintains her innocence and will plead not guilty during her arraignment in April.

Wittmer was released on $5,000 bond.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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