Rep. Cecilia Velasquez Indicted For Suspected Food Stamp Fraud

State Representative Cecilia Velasquez campaign material

Cecilia Velasquez, an Arizona State representative has been indicted for suspected fraud against the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to Timothy Jeffries, Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

State Representative Velasquez (D) was charged by the Arizona State Grand Jury on May 23, 2016, with three felony counts: Fraudulent Schemes and Practices, Unlawful Use of Food Stamps, and Theft. The indictment was unsealed on June 20, 2016.

“I heartily commend the DES Office of Inspector General, the Criminal Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Arizona State Grand Jury for their diligent and judicious work,” said Director Timothy Jeffries. “The Arizona Department of Economic Security is vigilantly committed to protecting the public trust and taxpayer funds, safeguarding precious resources for the poor and disadvantaged, ensuring justice for all and defending the rule of law.”

“The DES Office of Inspector General, in concert with the Criminal Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, conducted a thorough investigation that commenced with a tip in November 2014,” said Inspector General Juan J. Arcellana. “The indictment of State Representative Velasquez is the culmination of an extensive multi-year investigation. The forthcoming judicial proceedings will ensure due process for the involved parties.”

The initial hearing is set for July 5, 2016, in Maricopa County Superior Court.

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In 2014, ABC15.com reported that a warrant was put out for the arrest of Velasquez stemming from failure to pay fines from traffic violations in 2010.

The Arizona Capitol Times reported at the time that the arrest warrant, issued in 2013, stemmed from Velasquez’s failure to make a $100 payment on more than $2,000 in fines.

The fines were levied against Velasquez in Florence Municipal Court for driving on a suspending license, for driving a vehicle with a suspended registration and for not having required insurance for the vehicle.

13 Comments on "Rep. Cecilia Velasquez Indicted For Suspected Food Stamp Fraud"

  1. Wow. There goes her reelection.

  2. Yea, right the good Mexicans in the west valley will simply re-elect her. She did/does what a majority of the people that voted for her do.

  3. Allen Wycoff | June 23, 2016 at 9:06 am |

    She is a multi crime criminal. Ban her from public money.

  4. wonder if she is related to the greedyhalfa family? Same kind of crap they do and the same election base.

  5. Look’s to me she don’t be needin’ no mo’ “supplemental nutrition”.

  6. Lawmaker…Lawbreaker
    Seems they go hand in hand
    these days.

  7. joohn dough | June 24, 2016 at 8:00 am |

    If you are a politician that is convicted of a crime, the punishment/sentence should be, “twice the amount” that an ordinary citizen get’s.

  8. I agree! If you are a politician that is convicted of a crime, the punishment/sentence should be, “twice the amount” that an ordinary citizen get’s. They should know better since they are public servants working for the people, not there to take from the very hands of her constituents. SHAMEFUL!!!!

  9. Chucky'sGottaGo | June 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm |

    Imagine that, a crooked demoncat- just like the greedy javalina

  10. So Ignorance is Not an Excuse for theft, The amount Stolen seems a Saddening.. Her Core belief of HONESTY is Done for the Small Amount Stolen..No One Speaking OF JAIL TIME for HER CRIME is ALSO SAD..

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