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DPS: Chandler man and woman arrested for defrauding people out of $100,000

Posted at 12:22 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2020-07-23 20:51:15-04

*Editor's Note: Charges against Kent and Carly Burton were dropped shortly after their arrests.

A man and woman in Chandler have been accused of defrauding people out of more than $100,000 and lying on financial records to collect more than $20,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) benefits, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

In a news release, DPS said Kent Burton, 42, and Carly Burton, 36, falsified people's financial records, received goods and services in the victims' names during multi-million deals and "defrauded victims out of more than $100,000." The release did not specify who the victims were.

The Burton's are also accused of falsifying revenue documents, "unlawfully collecting more than $20,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits," and also attempted to purchase a $2.2 million business, the release said.

Both were arrested on May 16, 2019, and booked into jail on charges of aggravated taking the identity of another, forgery, fraudulent schemes and artifices, fraudulent schemes and practices/willful concealment, perjury by inconsistent statements, theft, and unlawful use of food stamps, DPS said.