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Couple charged with $26K in welfare fraud, woman claimed husband was brother

WILLMAR -- A Willmar couple was arraigned Friday on felony charges of wrongfully obtaining assistance and perjury in connection with receiving almost $26,000 in welfare benefits while allegedly claiming that the husband and father of two children was the woman's brother.

Fowsiya Bayle Idd, 27, faces three felony charges and Asad Bayle Idd, 32, faces two felony charges in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $26,000 for each. Conditional bail was allowed on their personal recognizance. Both have their next court appearance on Oct. 13.

According to the complaint, the couple applied for and received public assistance benefits from Kandiyohi County Family Services from February 2005 to May 2008. It was represented that he was her brother when in fact he was her husband and the father of two children for which she was receiving public assistance.

County officials received an anonymous tip in February that precipitated an investigation. The investigation revealed that the couple were married and had two children in common. Since that information was not reported to Family Services, they had been overpaid benefits of $25,970.84 from March 2005 to May 2008.

Both had signed documents under penalty of perjury that claimed he was a brother to her and that he had no children or that his children didn't live with him.