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Police Say Tiverton Woman Stole $26,000 in State Benefits

31-year-old woman allegedly underreported her income to obtain SNAP and RIte Care benefits.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
A 31-year-old Tiverton woman is facing charges stemming from her alleged theft of $26,896.79 from the state's nutrition and medical care benefit programs for needy Rhode Islanders by underreporting her income for one year.

The State Police arrested Tiffany R. Briere, of 257 King Road on Monday on charges of felony obtaining money under false pretenses and fraudulently obtaining assistance over $500 and she was released on $20,000 personal recognizance until a Sept. 2 pre-arraignment conference in Sixth Division District Court.

Briere allegedly collected $3,478 from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and $23,418.79 in RIte Care benefits between Novembers 2012 and 2013. Police uncovered the fraud after an investigation by the State Police Financial Crimes Unit after the state Department of Human Services received a complaint.

If convicted, Briere could face up to 10 years in prison and fines.

To report suspected fraud or misuse of any service, call the DHS Fraud Unit at 401-416-8300 or click the "report misuse/fraud" tab at www.dhs.ri.gov.

A list of programs is here: 
http://www.dhs.ri.gov/DefaultPermissions/AZProgramsServices/tabid/320/Default.aspx
Kendall Pelletier July 07, 2014 at 02:24 PM
see makes it much more harder for people who actually need help because of people like this
Bill the 1st July 07, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Why did less than 2 years of RIte Care cost $23k. The full cost of a premium family plan with 2 adults plus kids is around $12k per year.
Kendall Pelletier July 08, 2014 at 10:42 AM
yeah unless she did it way more then 1 year but still not right for people who actually need help when scum like this abuse the system and take away from a family that actually needs the help

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