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Woman indicted for fraud

A Grass Valley-area woman was indicted this week for alleged welfare fraud , federal court papers show.

A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a five-count indictment against 38-year-old Tammy Worrell for allegedly defrauding the Social Security Administration from 1998 to 2000. Indictment papers did not specify dollar amounts.

According to the indictment Worrell, in February 2001, allegedly sent a dead rodent through the U. S. Postal Service to intimidate a witness.

U.S. District Attorney John Vincent also charged Worrell with allegedly making false statements to the Social Security Administration, according to court papers.

Vincent claimed Worrell told a Social Security official on June 20 and Oct. 30, 2000, she had not received “any type of income.” In fact, the indictment said, Worrell knew she had earned income from 1998 to 2000 as a professional dog handler and breeder.

The grand jury also concluded that Worrell allegedly received support from a roommate, court papers show.

Worrell could not be located Friday.

If convicted, Worrell faces a maximum of five years in prison for each false statement charge, a $250,000 fine and three years probation, according to the district attorney’s office. The penalty for witness tampering is 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years probation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel White, who is prosecuting the case, could not be reached for comment Friday.

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