Welfare-fraud woman accused for a third time
A woman sentenced last year to serve 20 years probation for defrauding the Mesa County Department of Human Services of more than $38,000 is facing fresh allegations of more welfare fraud.
An arrest warrant issued Friday for 35-year-old April Creasman relates to allegations by a welfare fraud investigator that Creasman recently falsified an application to Mesa County for public assistance, and allegedly lied to DHS staff about her eligibility.
According to court documents, the new alleged crimes happened Jan. 17 and Feb. 6. An arrest warrant affidavit says Creasman faces two counts of felony attempt to influence a public servant, forgery, and second-degree perjury. The warrant has a $7,500 bond.
Creasman’s last known address was HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, 2853 North Ave.
According to the affidavit, Creasman falsely reported that she has court-approved parenting time with one of her sons every other weekend. She also allegedly presented an invalid, outdated parenting plan, which indicates she has overnight parenting time with the same boy.
“April is aware that overnight visits are required in order to receive benefits for her child,” a Mesa County fraud investigator wrote in an affidavit. “April has shown no concern or regard for her actions and continues to defraud public assistance programs.”
Creasman has been investigated three times in seven years for welfare fraud in Mesa County.
District Judge Richard Gurley last May said he found only “marginally acceptable” a plea agreement resolving Creasman’s most recent case, before the judge sentenced her to serve 20 years probation, repay $38,656 in restitution and complete 200 hours of useful public service.
She pleaded guilty to felony theft after an investigation showed she received $38,656 in various public assistance, including food stamps, Colorado work assistance and Medicaid, between January 2008 and April 2012.
During those four years, authorities said she failed to report that the father of five of her children was supporting her and living with her at a home in Fruitvale. The father earned between $99,000 and $107,000 during the period — income levels nixing Creasman’s eligibility for assistance.
When asked why she kept having children if she couldn’t afford the ones she had, Creasman told an investigator in 2012 she “couldn’t help it if her birth control doesn’t work,” an arrest affidavit said.
Creasman was investigated by DHS in 2007 for similar allegations, but the case was closed and labeled “client error.”
“April was advised both during the interview and in writing on the importance of reporting accurately,” reads a DHS summary of the 2007 case.