Helen Agbapuruonwu, a mother of four, is the wife of Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, who was earning $1.5 million as a lawyer in Washington D.C. She allegedly falsified applications for welfare, reaping in more than $100,000 in benefits from both food stamps and Medicaid from 2010 to 2016.
She is currently being charged with felony welfare fraud and document forgery. Court officials believe that Agbapuruonwu may have fled the country and is currently in hiding somewhere in Africa.
This case is a fantastic message out there to all those who are taking advantage of public assistance. This is intended for those who are truly in need and it is because of thieves like Agbapuruonwu that taxes go up and that people who actually need help do not receive it.
From Daily Caller:
Helen Agbapuruonwu “fraudulently obtained public assistance in excess of $100,000 under false pretenses” police allege, and she has been charged “with felony welfare fraud and document forgery,” according to a police report.
Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, who immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria in the 1990s, worked as an associate at Mayer Brown in D.C., according to his LinkedIn profile. A spokesman for Mayer Brown told NBC 4 that Agbapuruonwu no longer works there. Agbapuruonwu received a Paul & Daisy Soros Scholarship for New Americans, which he used to pay for law school at Ohio State University.