The Commerce Police Department is investigating a case of welfare fraud and identity theft perpetuated against a Commerce resident and her 3-year-old daughter.
According to the incident report, a 20-year-old black female came to the police department and reported that a friend with whom she and her daughter once lived had used her daughter’s information to get extra food stamps for six months.
The woman explained that she and her daughter had lived with the woman from last October to April, but when the victim found a job, she and her daughter got their own apartment. Later, when she lost the job and applied for food stamp assistance, a caseworker told her that her former friend had applied for food stamp benefits on behalf of the victim’s daughter. The benefit amounted $300 per month.
The victim told police that she’d never authorized any use of her daughter’s information and indicated she feels threatened by the woman, who she said works at Northridge Medical Center.