GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A Grand Junction woman accused of scamming welfare benefits was arraigned in court Thursday.
The Mesa County District Attorney says Leilani Bouchard, 36, has been charged with three counts of theft and 13 counts of forgery for allegedly defrauding public assistance programs between December 2011 and October 2016.
Investigators say Bouchard racked up more than $27,000 in food assistance and at least $35,000 in Medicaid.
“We will let the judicial process determine the course of action to be taken. We do look into all public assistance fraud, and we do go down all the appropriate avenues to take the correct actions,” said Mesa County Department of Human Services Investigator Matt Furphy.
Investigators also say Bouchard scammed LEAP. That’s the county’s low-income energy assistance program.
She'll be back in court March 22.