Woman accused of continued welfare fraud
A Fruitvale woman who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation in connection with a $38,000 welfare fraud investigation faces fresh allegations that she’s continued to take public-assistance dollars in violation of a court order.
Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley issued an arrest warrant Friday for 34-year-old April Creasman after she allegedly failed to appear in Gurley’s courtroom to answer allegations in a complaint filed by Mesa County’s Probation Department.
The complaint, filed on Sept. 13, alleges that Creasman recently admitted to receiving food-stamp assistance after being disqualified from the program because of her conviction in May. Gurley issued an order prohibiting her from accepting food stamps.
Probation authorities also allege Creasman has failed to schedule a repayment plan with Mesa County.
Creasman was sentenced May 15 to serve 20 years of probation and repay to Mesa County Human Services more than $38,000 in food stamps, Colorado work assistance and Medicaid. She accepted the assistance between January 2008 and April 2012.
Creasman pleaded guilty May 15 to a single count of felony theft.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the latest food stamp fraud allegations against Creasman also involve assistance through Mesa County.
Creasman was arrested in November 2012 after a Mesa County Human Services fraud investigation showed she failed to report the father of five of her children had been living with her at 478 Fruitwood Drive, and supporting her financially as she was taking assistance dollars.
The father’s income, had it been reported, would have nixed Creasman’s eligibility. Records showed the father earned more than $99,000 in gross income during 2011, down from more than $107,000 in 2008.