JCC Woman Pleads Guilty to Receiving $30,000 in Fraudulent Welfare Benefits

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Tiffany Rae Willliams (Photo courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Tiffany Rae Willliams (Photo courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A 31-year-old woman is facing four years in prison after she lied about how much money she was making at various jobs over three years.

Tiffany Rae Williams, a James City County woman, pleaded guilty Friday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court to four misdemeanor counts of welfare fraud.

Williams will be required to repay $29,804 to the James City County Department of Social Services as part of the plea agreement.

She was arrested April 30 after DSS investigators looked into her case and saw she had received nearly $30,000 in fraudulent benefits through the Supplemental and Nutrition Assistance Program, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program and the childcare program between June 2008 and April 2011.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Gaten said Williams underreported or did not report wages earned at various jobs, including one at the Williamsburg Hospitality House, which has since closed.

She faces 12 months in jail on each of the four misdemeanor charges and a $2,500 fine for each of the charges in addition to the nearly $30,000 she owes to DSS.

She is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. June 17.

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