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Elizabethtown Woman Facing Felony Charges Over Welfare Fraud

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An Elizabethtown woman is among 178 people statewide facing welfare fraud charges filed in the first quarter of 2019, the Office of State Inspector General announced.

Carol Ann Witmer, 52, waived preliminary hearings on three felony charges of fraudulently obtaining food stamps/assistance, recipient prohibited acts – false statement and forgery – utters forged writing, court records show. She is scheduled for formal arraignment in the county Court of Common Pleas on Friday, May 24.

“Our office remains vigilant to protect the integrity of our vital public assistance programs,” State Inspector General Bruce R. Beemer said as he announced charges on Monday, May 13. “We are proud to work with our partners in law enforcement across the commonwealth to help those in need and stop those who cheat.”

The Advocate contacted Witmer’s attorney, Eric Alexander Harakal, to invite him to comment for this article, but got no response by press time.

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