23 arrested for stealing $378,000 in welfare fraud

Tulare County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations serves 23 felony arrest warrants


TULARE COUNTY – No fewer than 23 residents in Tulare County were arrested on suspicion of welfare fraud last week. The total amount of alleged fraud in all these cases was $378,163. In 2018, the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations identified $989,685 in fraudulent benefits, resulting in felony criminal charges being filed on 85 cases. 

The criminal investigators from the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations served the felony arrest warrants. The following individuals were arrested and either cited or booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Facility: 

Chris McCarthy, 50, of Porterville
Michelle Davila, 26, of Tulare
Orlando Orozco, 38 of Porterville
Joel Espinoza, 32, of Visalia
Ines Pompa, 41, of Earlimart
Ashley Delgadillo, 29, of Dinuba
Patricia McCarthy, 43, of Porterville
Benancio Orrostieta, 31, of Dinuba
Cindy Sandez, 33, of Lindsay
Gerald Rosser, 30, of Visalia
Joyce Bradberry, 32, of Porterville
Daniela Lopez, 29, of Tulare
Yesenia Sanchez, 35, of Fresno
Nancy Martinez, 29, of Visalia
Ja See, 32, of Visalia
Jade Blackwell, 27, of Visalia
Claudia Orosco, 25, of Dinuba
Shanice Finley, 30, of Tulare
Arturo Romo, 27, of Dinuba
Aaron Ford, 46, of Visalia
Cassandra Brace, 52, of Visalia
Donna Roderick, 48, of Visalia
Lupita Espinoza, 33, of Porterville 

The fraudulent activity in these cases included activities such as failing to report income, failing to report changes in household composition, and the trafficking of EBT benefits for financial gain. It is a felony for an individual to make a false statement or misrepresentation of material facts in order to obtain over $950 of aid they are not entitled to receive. The District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations will continue to diligently investigate all suspected fraud committed against public assistance programs here in Tulare County.

If the public has further information related to suspected fraud, the DA’s office requests they contact their office at 559-636-5410.

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