Tallahassee woman wanted for public assistance fraud taken into custody

Woman wanted for public assistance fraud taken into custody
Posted at 10:10 AM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 07:06:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee woman is facing charges after investigators say she falsely reported she was unemployed and received nearly $18,000 in public assistance aid.

Amber Drake turned herself in on Thursday for public assistance fraud.

According to a complaint filed by an investigator with the Florida Department of Financial Services, Drake knowingly submitted a false application to receive food stamps and Medicaid. 

The complaint alleges that Drake reported that she was unemployed when she submitted her application on October 20, 2014, though an investigation revealed she had been employed from July 2014 through January 2017. 

Documents say that from October 2014 to January 2017, Drake received nearly $10,000 in Food Stamps Program benefits nearly and $8,000 in Medicaid Program benefits for a total of $17,603.94.

An arrest warrant was issued for Drake's arrest on Aug. 11. She was taken into custody on Thursday and has since been released. 

According to arrest reports, this is the fourth food stamp fraud arrest in Tallahassee since last week