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Willmar woman charged with welfare fraud

WILLMAR -- Yolanda Sandy Enriquez Jaimes, 42, of Willmar, made her first court appearance Thursday on four felony charges of wrongfully obtaining assistance and violating public assistance declaration requirements.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000.

Her next appearance is a plea hearing scheduled Feb. 28 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

According to the complaint, Enriquez Jaimes has received pu-blic assistance on and off for nearly 20 years. In 2000, she began living with Eduardo Jaimes-Velasquez Jr. and reported he was a Mexican national, unable to work legally in the U.S, and the father of a child.

They married in May 2001.

In 2006, Enriquez Jaimes reported she and Jaimes-Velasquez were separated and that he no longer lived with her.

In 2009, family services officials received a report that Enriquez Jaimes and Jaimes-Velasquez had reconciled two years prior and were once again sharing a residence.

Officials also learned Jaimes-Velasquez was employed by Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Enriquez Jaimes failed to disclose Jaimes-Velasquez's income, resulting in an overpayment of $8,950.29 in benefits between December 2007 and June 2009.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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