Dem lawmaker who voted against welfare anti-fraud protections indicted for felony food stamp fraud

When Democrat Arizona state rep. Cecilia Velasquez voted against stronger anti-fraud tools for the Arizona Department of Economic Security last February, apparently she was protecting herself.  According to Fox 32, this was “a program that could have quickly detected her alleged fraudulent activity.”  But even without these new tools, she has been caught.  After an investigation by that same agency, launched in 2014, she has been indicted for food stamp fraud.  The Phoenix New Times reports:

Unsealed on Wednesday but signed on May 23, the indictment charges Velasquez, 42, with one felony count each of fraudulent schemes and practices, unlawful use of food stamps, and theft. The total loss to the state, which distributes federal funds it receives for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was $1,726. (snip)

The charges revolve around Velasquez allegedly providing false information on her SNAP eligibility paperwork, on which she claimed to have two dependents living with her who really weren't, the source said. The investigation showed Velasquez wasn't living at her declared residence in Litchfield Park but rather in another Phoenix suburb further south, the town of Laveen.

If true, the revelation could mean trouble for Velasquez even if she's not convicted of a felony, because Velasquez must live in her district, and Laveen is miles from District 29.

Velasquez also allowed her electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card to be used improperly by another person, said the source, who requested anonymity.

Velasquez, who calls herself "Ceci," has a troubled history with law enforcement.  Soon after her election in 2013, a warrant was put out for her arrest:

A newly elected Arizona legislator is sought on a warrant stemming from failure to pay fines from traffic violations in 2010.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the arrest warrant issued in 2013 stems from Rep.-elect Ceci Velasquez's failure to make a $100 payment on more than $2,000 in fines.

Velasquez is a Litchfield Park Democrat who won a race for a House seat from Legislative District 29 in the Nov. 6 general election.

The fines were levied against Velasquez in Florence Municipal Court for driving on a suspending license, for driving a vehicle with a suspended registration and for not having required insurance for the vehicle.

The Democrats were grooming Velasquez.  The Phoenix New Times reports:

Before being elected in 2013, Velasquez attended a six-month, public-office training program called Emerge Arizona, which bills itself as "the premier training program for Democratic women."

Velasquez denies all the charges:

Hat tip: Instapundit

When Democrat Arizona state rep. Cecilia Velasquez voted against stronger anti-fraud tools for the Arizona Department of Economic Security last February, apparently she was protecting herself.  According to Fox 32, this was “a program that could have quickly detected her alleged fraudulent activity.”  But even without these new tools, she has been caught.  After an investigation by that same agency, launched in 2014, she has been indicted for food stamp fraud.  The Phoenix New Times reports:

Unsealed on Wednesday but signed on May 23, the indictment charges Velasquez, 42, with one felony count each of fraudulent schemes and practices, unlawful use of food stamps, and theft. The total loss to the state, which distributes federal funds it receives for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was $1,726. (snip)

The charges revolve around Velasquez allegedly providing false information on her SNAP eligibility paperwork, on which she claimed to have two dependents living with her who really weren't, the source said. The investigation showed Velasquez wasn't living at her declared residence in Litchfield Park but rather in another Phoenix suburb further south, the town of Laveen.

If true, the revelation could mean trouble for Velasquez even if she's not convicted of a felony, because Velasquez must live in her district, and Laveen is miles from District 29.

Velasquez also allowed her electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card to be used improperly by another person, said the source, who requested anonymity.

Velasquez, who calls herself "Ceci," has a troubled history with law enforcement.  Soon after her election in 2013, a warrant was put out for her arrest:

A newly elected Arizona legislator is sought on a warrant stemming from failure to pay fines from traffic violations in 2010.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the arrest warrant issued in 2013 stems from Rep.-elect Ceci Velasquez's failure to make a $100 payment on more than $2,000 in fines.

Velasquez is a Litchfield Park Democrat who won a race for a House seat from Legislative District 29 in the Nov. 6 general election.

The fines were levied against Velasquez in Florence Municipal Court for driving on a suspending license, for driving a vehicle with a suspended registration and for not having required insurance for the vehicle.

The Democrats were grooming Velasquez.  The Phoenix New Times reports:

Before being elected in 2013, Velasquez attended a six-month, public-office training program called Emerge Arizona, which bills itself as "the premier training program for Democratic women."

Velasquez denies all the charges:

Hat tip: Instapundit