A Mesa woman is accused of failing to tell the state that she or her child's father had jobs while she collected almost $12,500 in welfare over three years.
Aurora Maciel-Quintana, 29, pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to first-degree theft by welfare fraud, second-degree perjury and false verification for public assistance.
All of the charges are felonies.
Court documents allege that between October 2007 and June 2010, Maciel-Quintana received $7,196 in cash assistance and $5,218 in food assistance.
Paula Branter-Thomas, a criminal investigator with the Department of Social and Health Services' Office of Fraud and Accountability, said Maciel-Quintana was not entitled to that money because she concealed a number of facts about her household situation during that time.
Maciel-Quintana failed to report that Juan Hernandez, her boyfriend and father of her child, was working at Asian Gardens Buffet in Federal Way from October 2007 to June 2008 and again from June 2009 to February 2010, documents said.
Hernandez reportedly was using a Social Security number and the alias of Jose Perez. Branter-Thomas alleges that Maciel-Quintana knew she was giving false information when she stated that Hernandez was not employed and didn't have a Social Security number.
Hernandez also worked at Gilmore Farms in Pasco for nearly six months in 2010, and was living in Maciel-Quintana's home during the same time period, court documents said. Yet, Maciel-Quintana failed to report that.
The documents also state that Maciel-Quintana didn't report timely that she started working for Produce Exchange Inc. in Kent in December 2007, or that she worked for Piramco Kent Inc. for six months in 2008.
As a recipient of public assistance, Maciel-Quintana reportedly must file an application with a written declaration, which is made under penalty of perjury.
Her trial is scheduled Aug. 14.
Richland man accused of taking equipment from work truck
A 40-year-old man is charged with taking floor-covering equipment from a work truck parked outside an employee's Pasco home after Pasco police linked the case to similar crimes in Richland.
Chad Jeremy Quigley of Richland is scheduled to return to court June 4 on charges of second-degree theft and second-degree vehicle prowling. He has yet to enter a plea, and he is out of jail on his personal recognizance while the case is pending.
An employee of Doug-N-Lew's Floor Coverings told police he was inside his Sylvester Street home on Feb. 10, 2012, when he heard the roll-down door being opened on his full-size work truck. The man said he thought the truck was locked.
He went outside to find a man removing items from his truck. The suspect then jumped into a Jeep Cherokee and sped away, court documents said.
A neighbor also reported seeing a Jeep Cherokee parked in the driveway next to the work truck. She told police she saw a man walking between the Jeep and the truck and assumed he worked for the company, documents said.
An owner of the Tri-City business confirmed that the Sylvester Street resident is one of his employees and parks the truck at his house.
Items missing from the truck included a wet saw, extension cords, carpet-stretching equipment, drills, an air hose, an air nailer and two angle grinders, court documents said. The stolen goods were valued at more than $750.
A month later, Pasco police learned that Richland police had arrested a man on suspicion of stealing construction tools from vehicles.
Since the circumstances were similar, officers got the name of the suspect and ran Quigley's photo through their database. Quigley matched the description given by witnesses in the Pasco case, so officers showed photo lineups to the resident and neighbor, and both picked him, documents said.
Officers also learned that Quigley owns a Jeep Cherokee.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531