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AZ woman fakes income to get $70K in benefits

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 18:45:15-04

A Chandler woman is accused of falsifying her income to qualify for more than $70,000 in state benefits.

A spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office said Jennifer Garrett has been indicted on 10 felony counts after a tip prompted an investigation by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

Garrett allegedly received benefits from the agency for nearly three years, during which time investigators say she and her then-husband owned and operated a successful car restoration business. She is also alleged to have purchased a Mercedes SUV and a Nissan 350Z while receiving benefits.

AHCCCS investigators said Garrett would not have qualified for the state benefits had she been accurately reporting her income.

Garrett is facing multiple fraud, forgery and theft charges.