Woman faces charges after welfare fraud investigation


A Seymour woman faces charges after investigators found that she had committed welfare fraud and lied about her identity, court records show.

Noreli DeArcia, 32, faces two preliminary felonies of welfare fraud, two of identity deception and perjury. All charges are Level 6 felonies.

DeArcia received $10,912 in housing and food assistance over more than two years under a different name, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Special Agent Cari Hess with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The investigation that led to DeArcia’s arrested started in October 2018 when HUD received a referral from state officials about possible tenant fraud.

The investigation showed she received $7,634 from March 2017 to May 2018 in public housing assistance and $3,278 in food assistance between September 2014 and March 2018. In both cases she was not entitled to receive assistance, according to court documents.

DeArcia failed to report income from her boyfriend, who was living with her, and that she did not report income she earned under a different name at a local factory, according to court documents.

During an interview with investigators, DeArcia said she never lived at the address where the assistance was sent and she didn’t understand English well, according to court documents. The interview ended when she said she needed an attorney.

Investigators also interviewed co-workers and property managers, who identified her under her alias.

DeArcia was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 9:56 p.m. Nov. 5. She was released on a $1,005 cash bond at 4:18 p.m. Nov. 8.

DeArcia is being represented by Indianapolis attorney Christina M. Trent.

A Level 6 felony is punishable between six months and two and a half years upon conviction.

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