Couple accused of stealing $100K from Oregon DHS

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A husband and wife are accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the Oregon Department of Human Services over a 4-year period.

Rebecca Riker, 26, and Dave Riker, 29, face 35 charges:  7 counts of unlawfully using a food stamp benefit or food commodity, 11 counts of unlawfully obtaining public assistance, 5 counts of theft, 7 counts of unsworn falsification and 5 counts of aggravated theft, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said. 

Dave faces 2 more counts of unlawfully using a food stamp benefit or food commodity.

The Rikers got or tried to get food stamp benefits that neither were entitled, the indictment states. They also allegedly got public assistance and medical benefits through the Employment-Related Day Care program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

When they applied for the benefits, the indictment claims, they made multiple false written statements.

As a result, the State of Oregon paid more than $100,000 to the couple. 

The Oregon DHS, its Fraud Investigations Unit and PPB’s White Collar Crime Unit are investigating this case. 

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