An arrest was made after KCTV5 investigated the Missouri welfare system's failure to protect tax dollars.
Carmen Cash was booked Tuesday into the Audrain County jail and charged with three counts of stealing by deceit and three counts of forgery.
Court records back up what KCTV5 exposed in last October by reporting that Cash collected Missouri food stamp benefits for two children no longer in her care.
The daughters were living on a military base near Seattle, WA, with their father, David Brinegar, and his Army wife.
Brinegar, a former Missouri police officer, was having a difficult time finding a job in Washington State.
He decided to put his girls on public assistance as a temporary solution to their money problems.
A few months later, a letter from Washington's Department of Social and Health Services announced that aid was being cut off because someone in Missouri was already claiming food stamp benefits for his girls.
Brinegar says he repeatedly reported the fraud to Missouri without any response.
Within 24 hours of the KCTV5's investigation, the Seattle family took a call from a Missouri investigator.
Court records filed in Audrain County accuse Cash of fraudulently accepting $12,994.50 over 2 1/2 years for four children, none of which were in her care.
Of that total, $5,570.50 was allegedly taken on behalf of the daughters she had with Brinegar.
The questionable welfare fraud oversight exposed in the original KCTV5 investigation has already led to an audit of the Missouri Department of Social Services.
In January, State Auditor Tom Schweich announced the need to find out if other cases of welfare fraud were also going undetected.
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