Las Vegas couple investigated for welfare fraud in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Department of Human Services is investigating what may be the largest case of welfare client fraud in Oregon history.
Spokesman Gene Evans told The Oregonian the agency wants to find out how it failed to detect what appears to be an obvious case of fraud.
Investigators say Donte Marquis Muhammad and his wife Lakisha Emma Louise Muhammad collected housing, welfare, food stamp and other assistance from multiple addresses in the Portland area while living in a five-bedroom home in a gated community in Las Vegas.
The two were indicted in Clackamas County on racketeering, theft and fraud charges.
The lawyer for Lakisha Muhammad, Lawrence L. Taylor, says she denies all charges and expected to be vindicated at trial.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com