Rumford woman accused of scamming the state for welfare to stand trial

Posted May 18, 2012, at 7:24 a.m.

PARIS, Maine — A Rumford woman charged with defrauding the state of more than $10,000 in social service benefits will stand trial next week.

Amy L. Knowlton, 30, faces charges of theft by deception and unsworn falsification. She is accused of lying to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services by claiming she was the sole provider in her home, collecting Food Stamps, TANF and MaineCare benefits while claiming she had no other source of income.

A grand jury charges that Knowlton gave the impression that her husband, Scott Knowlton, “was not a member of the household and was not providing financial support” to her and their children. The grand jury charges that the fraud took place from October 2006 to March 2009.

If convicted, Knowlton could serve up to 11 years and owe more than $20,000 in fines.

The trial is set to begin Monday morning in Oxford County Superior Court.

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