2 DHS employees plead guilty to welfare fraud

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – Two Michigan Department of Human Services employees have pleaded guilty to welfare fraud.

Latasha Craig, of Grand Rapids, and Kenita Lark, of Chesterfield Township, each pleaded guilty to a felony charge of welfare fraud – failure to inform, according a Michigan Department of Human Services news release.

The investigation that led to the charges was part of the department’s effort to crack down on fraud, the release said.

Craig was accused of receiving food assistance, State Emergency Relief and Child Development and care benefits without reporting another household member’s income.

Lark was accused of receiving food, cash and medical assistance while failing to report her employed husband’s income.

Craig, who was placed on unpaid suspension in May, is scheduled to be sentenced on September 23 in the 17th Circuit Court in Grand Rapids after pleading guilty on July 31.

Lark was sentenced July 31 in Macomb County Circuit Court to pay full restitution of over $10,000, plus court costs and fee.

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