DC government employee charged with producing false documentation claiming district residency to receive benefits | USAO-DC

WASHINGTON — A human services representative from the District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) has been accused of falsely claiming residency in the District of Columbia to receive DC’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to receive Medicaid benefits and free tuition for her two children to attend a DC public charter school.

The announcement was made by US Attorney Matthew M. Graves, District of Columbia Attorney General Daniel W. Lucas and District Attorney General Karl A. Racine. This matter was initially discovered by the DC Department of Human Services and was immediately referred to the DC Office of the Inspector General for investigation.

Michia Pardlow, 29, of Arlington, Virginia, was charged with first-degree fraud, first-degree theft and misrepresentation in connection with applying for and obtaining District of Columbia resident benefits in a criminal complaint filed in Superior Court for the District of Columbia. She was arrested on November 22, 2022, made her first court appearance later that day and was released pending trial.

According to court documents, Pardlow resided in Arlington, Virginia, from 2016 until at least 2019. The indictment alleges that she submitted signed applications, residency confirmation forms and other documents to the District of Columbia Department of Human Services and Public Charter School Board to claim and verify district residency.

As a result, the documents allege, Pardlow was able to receive district benefits to which she was not entitled. Residents outside of the district are not eligible to receive district SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid benefits. Non-residents who enroll their dependents in DC schools must apply as non-residents and pay non-resident fees. The indictment documents allege that she received more than $149,000 in fraudulent benefits.

A complaint is only a formal charge that an accused has committed a criminal offense and not evidence of guilt. Everyone accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department of the US Attorney for the District of Columbia and the DC Office of the Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted jointly by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s Major Crimes Division and the DC Office of the Attorney General’s Public Corruption Division.


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