Couple suspected of $22,500 welfare fraud

A Grand Valley couple received court summonses on suspicion they defrauded Mesa County’s Department of Human Services of $22,500 in welfare benefits over the past four years.

Kristina Adamson, 26, and her husband, Brent Adamson, 41, are accused of defrauding the county of $12,000 in food- assistance benefits and $10,500 in Medicaid benefits, according to the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

They return to court Dec. 27.

Department of Human Services spokeswoman Karen Martsolf said the department receives about 175 tips on suspected welfare fraud each year.

Nearly $86,000 in welfare fraud claims have been exposed this year, she said.

“We hope that the media coverage serves as primary prevention,” Martsolf said.

“It’s one thing to do it by accident, but when you have people who are intentionally defrauding the program, it’s a crime, and we take that seriously.”

About 14,000 people in Mesa County received food-assistance benefits this year.

Of those cases, the department has referred five to the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office for charges, Martsolf said.

Anyone who suspects people of welfare fraud is encouraged to call the county’s welfare fraud hotline at 256-2421.


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