Sacto 9-1-1
September 21, 2011
Sacramento woman sentenced to two years for grand theft

The Sacramento County district attorney announced today that a Sacramento-area woman was sentenced to two years in prison for grand theft against a statewide program that provides services to the blind, disabled and elderly.

Elizabeth Garcia, 28, pled no contest to having stolen $28,831 from the In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, which provides services or funding to income-eligible people who cannot remain in their home without assistance. After qualifying for the program, recipients may elect a relative or a friend to perform the services they require.

Garcia enrolled her mother without her knowledge or necessity and forged her mother's signature on the time sheets to claim payment from IHSS for services she didn't provide.

She also stole $59,449 from Child Action by saying that she was enrolled in school full-time and needed the child care benefits. Garcia also stole $32,356 from CalWorks because she did not report income received by and actual employer nor the In Home Supportive Services program.

Garcia has signed a waiver agreeing to pay victim restitution to both the IHSS program, Child Action, and the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance. After serving her sentence, Garcia will be ineligible to work in the IHSS program for 10 years after she is released from prison.

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