Yakima County

FILE — The Yakima County Courthouse, Nov. 3, 2016.

A Yakima woman is charged in Yakima County Superior Court with theft and multiple counts of making false statements to welfare officials over almost five years.

According to court documents filed by the state Office of Fraud and Accountability, Rosa Revuelta-Torres, 33, illegally received more than $36,000 in benefits after failing to report that the father of one of her children was living with her for three years. She is also accused of not reporting his income, the documents say.

Rivulet-Torres reported that the man was an uncle and not directly related to the four children he was caring for at the time of a July 2014 filing for child care assistance, and that he had no other income.

In January 2015, Revuelta-Torres admitted that the man was her boyfriend and that they had a child in common, which made him ineligible to be paid to care for the children.

Starting in February 2016, Revuelta-Torres reported that the man was not part of her household anymore, the documents said, but investigators found employment records showing the man’s address was the same as Revuelta-Torres’.

An investigator also went by Revuelta-Torres’ address in July, and found both their vehicles parked there, the documents said. Also, Yakima police records show officers responding to incidents at the home with Revuelta-Torres and the man listed as living together, the documents said.

During that time, Revuelta-Torres never reported the man’s income as required on applications for child care, food and other assistance, the documents said.

Officials said that resulted in overpayments of $16,180.92 for child care from July 2014 through June 2018, $5,875 in cash assistance from July 2016 through June 2017 and $14,069 in food assistance from March 2016 through March 2019.

Yakima County Superior Court Judge Kevin Naught allowed her to be released on her own recognizance Tuesday after quashing an arrest warrant issued in November when she failed to show up for a preliminary appearance.

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