Monday, June 18, 2018

Woman sentenced for government assistance fraud

WEST PALM BEACH — Authorities say a woman who collected more than $300,000 in government assistance has been sentenced to 51 months in prison.

During a hearing on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp said the conduct of Gloria Valle-Clas is "about as low as it gets." He ordered her to $283,359 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Valle-Clas and husband Alexander Gonzalez were living the life of luxury on a one-acre, manicured lot in Loxahatchee. They had a swimming pool, a Mercedes, a boat and a greenhouse — all while collecting between $305,000 and $377,000 in food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid benefits. Records show she used two Social Security numbers.

The Palm Beach Post reports Gonzalez played a minor role in the schemes and was sentenced to 364 days in prison. He was ordered to repay $9,999.

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