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DNR postpones AIS training and trailer decal program
Thin ice causing big problems on northern Minnesota lakes
Man survives house explosion near Bemidji
Sandpiper pipeline could be in jeopardy if original route not followed
U.S. Senate keeps Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward
Brady says he's moving on from distractions
Mercurial Lynch accepted in Seattle - Part 1
SB XLIX: Belichick impressed with Seahawks' model
Passionate Patriots owner Kraft speaks about 'Deflategate'
Seahawks' setup favored by Carroll
CHARLES "CHUCK R. BURNS
DELORES JEAN MAKELA
DELMAR E. MARQUARDT
CLARENCE A. NELSON
GERALD "JERRY" W. JOHNSON
First Responders on path to success after rough times
Legion Christmas dinner raises $3,000 for Salvation Army
Toys For Boys is an institution for memorabilia collectors
Original art by Judy Wegenast selected for honors, exhibition
Fargo's Zach Johnson advances on 'American Idol'
Marilyn reviews the Grand Forks' McDonalds
Monarch butterfly count rises slightly as conservationists warn of extinction
Rescued loon dies of lung ailment
5-year DNR TIP investigation results in charges against four, seizure of 37 guns, 28 sets of antlers; fully intact, frozen piebald deer
Hundreds attend Menahga Family Fishing Derby
Letters: Enbridge responds to pipe yard letter
Editorial: It’s tax season: Here’s a few tips to assist
Letter: GOP waving white flag on transportation?
Letter: Working to strengthen Greater Minnesota
Letter: Thanks for support of senior nutrition
Cody’s Corner: Briards are great dogs
May 20, 2014
Moorhead woman accused of nearly $20,000 in welfare, food stamp fraud
By Emily Welker / The Forum MOORHEAD – A Moorhead woman faces felony charges after allegedly defrauding government programs here out of nearly $20,000 in public assistance money, mostly from food stamps. Alyssha Marie Colton, 27, was charged Friday in Clay County District...
news / region
May 20, 2014 - 7:20am
April 18, 2014
Wealthy Minnesota couple accused of cheating welfare system now claim they have no money
By David Channen Lake Minnetonka couple and supposed Scottish royalty Colin and Andrea Chisholm appeared in Hennepin County District Court on Thursday wearing the jail’s finest orange smocks, telling the judge they couldn’t afford to pay for an attorney to defend them...
news / region
April 18, 2014 - 11:32am
Clay prosecutors increasingly seek restitution instead of jail time for welfare cheats
By Erik Burgess / The Forum MOORHEAD – Many of those who cheat the welfare system in Clay County are avoiding the gavel, as county prosecutors here increasingly turn to methods of recouping money that don’t end in a criminal conviction. Social Services referred 71 welfare...
February 18, 2014 - 7:36am
September 21, 2013
Financial exploitation on the rise
BY Sarah smith firstname.lastname@example.org Toni Carlstrom is seeing more cases of financial exploitation since the economy went sour years ago. The victims – vulnerable adults – make the cases particularly wrenching to deal with because the Hubbard County licensed social...
news / state
September 21, 2013 - 12:04pm
May 6, 2010
Willmar couple sentenced to stayed prison time in welfare fraud case; $108K in overpayments most ever in county
WILLMAR -- A Willmar couple was sentenced Wednesday to stayed prison time, 10 years of probation, 180 days in the county jail and 200 hours of community service for wrongfully obtaining public assistance. Jose Angel Vallejo, 41, and Mariana Luna Vallejo, 39, were ordered to pay at...
May 6, 2010 - 6:51am
November 17, 2009
Willmar man receives similar sentence to wife in $68,000 welfare fraud case
WILLMAR -- Ovidio Ochoa, 36, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to a year and a day of stayed prison time, 10 years of probation, 90 days in the county jail and 2,080 hours of community service work on felony charges of aggravated forgery and wrongfully obtaining assistance. As part...
November 17, 2009 - 7:21am
October 30, 2009
Willmar woman sentenced in $68K welfare fraud cases
WILLMAR -- Jesus Elizabeth Vasquez, 32, of Willmar was sentenced to a year and a day of stayed prison time, 10 years of probation and 2,080 hours of community service work on felony charges of aggravated forgery and wrongfully obtaining assistance. As part of her sentence handed...
October 30, 2009 - 11:07am
September 18, 2009
Willmar man charged for $68K in welfare fraud worked under false name
A 36-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Thursday on a felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance for allegedly collecting more than $68,000 in public assistance while also working under a false name. Unconditional bail was set at $30,000 for Ovidio Ochoa,...
September 18, 2009 - 6:54am