Employee at O.C. district attorney's office charged with welfare fraud and perjury

The Orange County district attorney’s office has charged an employee with welfare fraud and perjury after she allegedly received more than $26,000 in cash and food stamps to which she was not entitled.

Adrienne Reyes, 38, of Brea, is accused of failing to disclose income when she applied for financial assistance while on medical leave from her job as a clerical worker.

She allegedly failed to report private disability insurance payments and catastrophic leave donations made by fellow employees from their accrued vacation and sick hours after she had exhausted her sick leave.

Prosecutors allege the wrongdoing occurred from November 2014 through August 2016 and was discovered by the Orange County Social Services Agency, according to a statement Friday.

Reyes was charged Thursday with two felony counts of perjury by false application for aid and two misdemeanor counts of aid by misrepresentation, according to the release. If convicted, she faces up to six years and four months in county jail, it said.

Reyes is scheduled to be arraigned March 10 in Orange County Superior Court. She could not be reached for comment.

A district attorney's spokeswoman said Friday that she did not know if Reyes was still employed at the agency.

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