A 41-year-old woman was overpaid more than $3,000 by Washington's welfare system because she allegedly failed to divulge that she was getting Iowa food stamps to supplement her benefits.
Jennifer Jill Bowman is charged in Benton County Superior Court with second-degree theft by welfare fraud.
A bench warrant was ordered Thursday for Bowman's arrest when she didn't make a scheduled hearing. She has not entered a plea to the new charge.
The summons to appear had been mailed to Bowman's Duportail Street home earlier this month but was returned to the Benton County Clerk's Office, according to the court file. A sticker was placed on the envelope saying Bowman moved and left no forwarding address.
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Court documents show that Bowman applied for cash assistance and food stamps from the state Department of Social and Health Services between Aug. 1 and Feb. 28. Bowman wrote on the application form that she was not receiving benefits from any other state, and she confirmed that information in a phone interview, documents said.
However, state investigators later learned she was getting food stamps from Iowa's Department of Human Services. The total overpaid to Bowman was $3,068, documents said.