Jail guard sentenced for welfare fraud

Jail guard sentenced for welfare fraud

There are 60 comments on the Red Bluff Daily News story from Oct 6, 2010, titled Jail guard sentenced for welfare fraud. In it, Red Bluff Daily News reports that:

A Correctional Officer convicted of helping his girlfriend with welfare fraud is still in the employ of the Sheriff's Department but is on his way out, Sheriff Clay Parker said Tuesday.

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my opinion

Chico, CA

#44 Oct 8, 2010
Common Sence wrote:
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Yeah, it'd be nice if Dad paid support, but what about her? Does she work? I raised three kids with no support and no aide... you want kids, you better have a job to pay for them.
It would be nice if the dad paid support?? Seriously?? It would be responsible if the dad paid support!! You want the kids, you better have a job?? Does the dad have a job?? Why is this solely her responsibility?
unbelievable

Weed, CA

#45 Oct 8, 2010
This is a travesty. We taxpayers of Tehama County are paying bransons salary to sit in jail, while he is on paid admin leave. this was done so he would not have to use his personal leave while sitting in jail for his conviction! THIS IS CORRUPT AND CRIMINAL! THE COUNTY JAIL ADMINISTRATION AND PARKER SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME!!!!
Boo Hoo

San Clemente, CA

#46 Oct 11, 2010
Pat Johnston wrote:
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The man's income counts, if he's living with the women recieving welfare, whether he is the father or not. He is equally culpable. No one forces him to live and benefit from the system. He can choose to do the right thing. As far as the DA going after deadbeat dads. My grand daughter's father was $30,000.00 in arrears for 10 years, until Michele Proctor recieved the case, child support had been hit and miss or non-existent. Not only does she have the money coming in regularly, so far, she went to court and raised it signigficantly. Thanx Michele.
If I believed you that means the father was suppose to pay $3,000 a month? Seriously that just crazy. I have 3 kids and it don't take that much to raise them. A matter of fact that about our income for our whole family of 5. Maybe you don't have a real honest family, people in glass houses should not throw stones Pat, Bad girl!
Max II

Bismarck, ND

#47 Oct 11, 2010
Boo Hoo wrote:
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If I believed you that means the father was suppose to pay $3,000 a month? Seriously that just crazy. I have 3 kids and it don't take that much to raise them. A matter of fact that about our income for our whole family of 5. Maybe you don't have a real honest family, people in glass houses should not throw stones Pat, Bad girl!
How did you come up with $3,000.00 a month? That would be over $30,000 a year and she stated over 10 years.
dick

United States

#48 Oct 11, 2010
zzz1234 wrote:
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Mr. Branson has taken on a huge responsibility to help her raise her children, and together they have done a great job thus far.
I agree, Mr. Branson has made the CHOICE to take on a huge responsibility (one he is obviously financially incapable of), however the tax payers of California didn't.
dick

Bella Vista, CA

#49 Oct 11, 2010
Max II wrote:
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Seems like the dead beat father and mother are the resposible ones here. By her being quite a bit holder than Mr. Branson I am sure she had a lot of influence and knew how to work the system. Probably wasn't the first time that she has done this. Sounds like Branson got lmixed up with the wrong woman and he is taking the fall for her and the dead beat dad.
That's the biggest load of crap I've heard today. Mr. Branson claims, according to the DA's report, to have learned the technique of bilking the tax payers out of money, from a fellow Tehama County Deputy.
Concerned citizen

Robbins, CA

#50 Oct 12, 2010
REALLY THO wrote:
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The only thing is...If the Father of those children were supporting them, The mother would NOT have to look into welfare to begin with !!! And this whole issue would have been avoided !!
You are incorrect on that comment REALLY THO!!!!!! You have no way of knowing if the absent father is paying his child support or not. She can get welfare even when the father is paying his child support obligation. My issue with this entire story is that they have no mention what so ever the charges against the mother in all of this. I checked the Tehama county online courts and see nothing filed against her. She is the one that signed up for welfare and it appears she is not even being charged. I think they both should be charged.

Why doesnt this mother go out and get a job and support her own children.
craig

United States

#51 Oct 12, 2010
I read the story, twice, and from what I could see, he was guilty of conspirity to defraud the county, and she was guilty of fraud. She is going to trial or put in a plea. Should he lose his job, I would say yes.
OH REALLY

West Tehama County, CA

#52 Oct 20, 2010
Concerned citizen wrote:
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You are incorrect on that comment REALLY THO!!!!!! You have no way of knowing if the absent father is paying his child support or not. She can get welfare even when the father is paying his child support obligation. My issue with this entire story is that they have no mention what so ever the charges against the mother in all of this. I checked the Tehama county online courts and see nothing filed against her. She is the one that signed up for welfare and it appears she is not even being charged. I think they both should be charged.
Why doesnt this mother go out and get a job and support her own children.
she plead guilty to a felony.
Wow

West Tehama County, CA

#53 Nov 9, 2010
zzz1234 wrote:
Just want to clarify some things for all of you folks that are so interested in this situation! James Branson has been working full time in the jail since July. So he has NOT been on administrative leave this whole time. As a matter of fact he was at work on Saturday! Mr. Parker was in court room on Monday. He witnessed the sentence that James was given. If he wanted so badly to fire James earlier why didn't he? Can you say HYPOCRITE? Sounds like a good name for MR. Parker! It's so amazing how the media can twist words into something that is not the truth! It's funny how everyone can have an opinion except for the people involved. They are not allowed to give their side of the story. What about the deputies out there that are into drugs, violence, and falsifying information. Let's take a look at all of them. So fed up with the BS!
Really you are getting onto other cops for falsifying info uhhhhhhhh thats what he DID!
the dad

West Tehama County, CA

#54 Nov 9, 2010
Max II wrote:
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Seems like the dead beat father and mother are the resposible ones here. By her being quite a bit holder than Mr. Branson I am sure she had a lot of influence and knew how to work the system. Probably wasn't the first time that she has done this. Sounds like Branson got lmixed up with the wrong woman and he is taking the fall for her and the dead beat dad.
Since you don't know what you are talking about let me educate you I am the dad. I have my kids more than half the time pay for All of their sports and extra activities and take good care of them.Sorry if you had bad luck with your ex but I am Not the reason for this the blame lies else where.\
the dad

West Tehama County, CA

#55 Nov 9, 2010
the dad wrote:
<quoted text>Since you don't know what you are talking about let me educate you I am the dad. I have my kids more than half the time pay for All of their sports and extra activities and take good care of them.Sorry if you had bad luck with your ex but I am Not the reason for this the blame lies else where.\
Oh yeah and they do draw support out of my checks when I am employed and my unemployment when i am not.It goes to pay back the welfare.
Max II

Bismarck, ND

#56 Nov 9, 2010
the dad wrote:
<quoted text>Since you don't know what you are talking about let me educate you I am the dad. I have my kids more than half the time pay for All of their sports and extra activities and take good care of them.Sorry if you had bad luck with your ex but I am Not the reason for this the blame lies else where.\
I stand corrected, I was told that you had nothing to do with the children. I hope you have the children now. With support, welfare and etc. they must have been bringing in a pretty good income, so it seems that they just got greedy.
the dad

West Tehama County, CA

#57 Nov 9, 2010
Max II wrote:
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I stand corrected, I was told that you had nothing to do with the children. I hope you have the children now. With support, welfare and etc. they must have been bringing in a pretty good income, so it seems that they just got greedy.
Thank you I was willing to help when ever asked so it did not come to the welfare system. Our state economy is broke enough with out wasting time and money on something that they did not even need to get involved in. But i was told that there was no aid being draw so did not think anything of it and was never asked. Alot of people have been miss informed. My only worry is for my kids.
We R 1

Menlo Park, CA

#58 Nov 9, 2010
God blesses you as you do your best to fulfill your commitment to your children and the rest of us appreciate your desire to not be dependent upon welfare if possible. I see nothing wrong with parents getting legitimate public assistance when necessary but do have great contempt for those that scam the system by committing fraud. The few scummy scammers that are caught must be treated severely to teach them a lesson and to protect the system for those with integrity and real need.
Max II

Bismarck, ND

#59 Nov 10, 2010
the dad wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you I was willing to help when ever asked so it did not come to the welfare system. Our state economy is broke enough with out wasting time and money on something that they did not even need to get involved in. But i was told that there was no aid being draw so did not think anything of it and was never asked. Alot of people have been miss informed. My only worry is for my kids.
Good Luck and hope you are getting custody of your children. There definately are too many loop holes in our system.
judy

Sacramento, CA

#60 May 25, 2011
Max II wrote:
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I would bet at least 90% of the women drawing welfare are living with someone and not reporting it. A lot of them are living with the dead beat fathers, we need a lot more investigating, should be able to make unannounced vistis if they are drawing off the system to make sure they are living only with their children. Just goes along with the story of millions of welfare money being spent in Vegas, Hawaii, and cruise ships. If they can afford these trips they sure don't need to be drawing money off of the taxpayers, then at the end of the year they get the earned income credit. Something wrong with the system.
I absolutely know this IS happening. I don't know why something isn't done about this kind of crap. We the tax payers are being screwed over in every way shape and form. These lousy leeches are draining the system. You draw welfare for 1 year you azz can go clean up the freeway, anything, get off your lazy butt. I have worked in a major grocery chain for 17 years, food stamp fraud, I have seen women with huge diamond rings on, driving brand new cadillacs using food stamps, what in the hell???? You would not believe the abuse I myself have seen. I realy want to know why something is not being done with my hard earned tax dollars. It is MY money as with other working people. We work get our money taken from US because these lousy leeches just don't feel like working, some up to 20 years, what in the hell kind of crap are they feeding the welfare workers...."Well I went out looking for work today but there is nothing" FOR 20 FRIGGIN YEARS? How stupid are these people?
Jeannette

Oakland, CA

#61 Jan 3, 2016
IDOKNOW wrote:
Interesting comments.
First of all,whether or not the father should be supporting the children, she applied for aid and in doing so, she agreed to answer all questions and to report any changes under the penalty of perjury. More simply, she agreed to play by the rules in order to receive aid.
The father may be paying child support and it may be going to reimburse the welfare monies. And yes, he may be a bum or he just may not have the income to pay support.
Lets take a look as some hypotheticals:
Suppose the woman tells the welfare dept. that she pays rent. If she claims she pays rent, that will increase the amount of food stamps she receives every month.
Now suppose the boyfriend is her landlord and he signs a statement that she pays him rent. If she really doesn't, then he has just assisted her in committing welfare fraud because by their actions, she is getting food stamps in an amount she wouldn't if she was telling the truth.
Now, everyone seems to be all bothered about that fact that he is just her boyfriend and shouldn't be in trouble. The scenario above may explain why he is.
Next issue: Suppose for the sake of argument, that the CO and the woman are living together in the same house. Not necessarily a big deal. They sign a paper saying they are doing so, he shows that he has the income to support himself so that she doesn't spend any welfare money on him and everything is fine.
But what if they claim they live in separate households? And what if she actually has access to his monies? Well, then his income is considered against her welfare benefits and if it is above the allowed amount, then she is not eligible to receive cash aid.
So maybe if things transpired as outlined above, it is a big deal. The above acts involve perjury at least by her and possibly both if he signed something under the penalty of perjury.
All of you out there who have no problem with a law enforcement officer committing perjury, well then never, ever complain again that the "cops lied" in one of your many criminal trials that I am sure you have been involved in as a defendant.
And Pat, I may be wrong this time but I kinda doubt it. Take a real look at Jeanette Turners case (like read the actual docket instead of taking her word for it) and make sure that her perjury case was actually overturned.
This is Jeannette Turner the truth is the welfare dept administrative law judges corrected social services unlearning abilities and laws they should have been trained for .i was charged with perjury on an application problem was I was not applying for aid, while incarcerated for three years children in foster homes tax payers paid over one million dollars for my illegal prosecution which I was sent over 15,000.00 to jail I was in for payments for aid my children were legally entitled to and over 8000 dollars in food stamps the error was from untrained workers and aggressive prosecutors with tide task force leading way illegally with armed officers against all laws for welfare cases investigators are not to be armed or allowed to carry guns on a home of children in the afdc program the. The sherries da task force investigators were a total embarrassment to the country for an illegal arrest investigation no warrants their too embarrass to reverse charges and admit their stupidity these same individuals are your head da sheriff and top investigators now all advanced and running tehama county no sympathy or appology for their ignorance and aggressive behavior of a mother of four small children especially when they had the father who was in county jail for violating restraining orders failure to pay child support attempt of murder released to pursue the mother who had a fundament step right to receive 400 a month for absent parent who refused to support his children yes Jeannette Turner was found innocent in a court of law in a writ of mandate in Sacramento shame on tehama county
Jeannette

Manteca, CA

#62 Feb 27, 2016
Max II wrote:
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Seems like the dead beat father and mother are the resposible ones here. By her being quite a bit holder than Mr. Branson I am sure she had a lot of influence and knew how to work the system. Probably wasn't the first time that she has done this. Sounds like Branson got lmixed up with the wrong woman and he is taking the fall for her and the dead beat dad.
They knew exactly what they were doing your income has to be reported on monthly statement I'm sure officers money was used for living expenses they just made more money available to live a life above and beyond the children's necessities greed officer knows laws I went to prison for three years I never had toapply for aid or was required to fill out an application and I was charged felony perjury on an application to receive aid go figure since the father who was incarcerated in tehama county jail for attempt of murder on myself and 1 year old son by knifepoint and violating restraining order all charges were dropped against him who owed child support. He got a get out of jail fast car to be a witness against me and my case. Aid for families with dependent children was a fundamental guarantee and right of every mother who has deadbeat dads so instead of father doing the time and getting charges dropped they went after mother who supports her children (four) by herself and release him from his duties putting back onto taxpayers expenses cause he won't pay.federally funded right of mother to receive compensation from government to bad tehama county da and workers don't know the laws I had to spell them out while in prison I received over twenty thousand dollars in chowchilla state women's prison for assistance my children were legally entitled too as well as 13000.00 food stamps yet da refused to release me from prison it's their rightful duty to reverse charges as I can't be charges with perjury on an application I was forced to sign and didn't recover a dime they ruined my life my children's and then let their child molester father have overnight visits after tehama county released him and said basically it's okey to kill our family molest your children and not have to pay child support restraining order didn't mean anything either so thanks for screwing my four kids heads up da office judges lawyers great job your all doing now correct it read the law and quite ruining families life's forever my ex husband was a lifetime criminal smooth talker with the ladies cops etc snitched on hells angels and me making false allegation but enough false info to put us away and give him get out jail card for free I caught up with Jim when I got out of prison he was in ion prison for snitches and child molesters in private custody he died there right where he belonged of hepatitis c shooting up in prison heroin addict finally got a 25 year to life sentence iOS can only turn in so many believable people commiting crimes before your luck runs out but look at the life's he destroyed for innocent hells angles kids and myself while on the run
Jeannette

Manteca, CA

#63 Jul 31, 2016
explain please wrote:
i still dont see how he could nbe guilty,theyre not his kids,his income shouldnt be used to determine her elgibility for welfare,so what if theyre sharing a house,is he supposed to pay all the bills? wheres the father of the kids?
Why would you defend a role model who lies and steals tax payers money he would be paying rent and food and utilities no matter where he lived his income benefited the mother and her children regardless meaning she did not claim his share of payments to family household income which would have made her payments less or ineligible he knew exactly what he was doing more vacation money and amenities for a family claiming they are desperate and in need of food housing medical expenses when a man takes on a women and lives with her he takes on the baggage that goes with her so don't blame the dead beat dad for a peace officers withholding evidence aiding and abetting perjury and commiting a felony to gain more money and deceive the government and tax payers the sentence is a mandatory three years in prison and pay back all extra money he and girlfriend stole from taxpayers no sympathy here he knew exactly what he was doing and blaming biological father for stealing money is not a defense he paid rent and purchased food for household they were not poor or homeless it was his responsibility to be a role model for others in this community

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