Local couple accused of fraud

Encampment couple charged with nearly 30 counts of welfare fraud, court docs claim fraud from 2017 to 2023

An Encampment couple could be facing a total of 28 counts of welfare fraud—all felonies—according to documents filed with Carbon County Circuit Court.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Sarah Fitzwater and Matthew Wagy are accused of defrauding three welfare programs of nearly $45,000 between 2017 and 2023. Fitzwater is facing 19 counts, Wagy is facing 9 counts as an accomplice. Each count carries with it a $10,000 fine, up to 10 years in prison or both.

Following an investigation by the Department of Family Services Eligibility Integrity Unit, it was alleged Fitzwater and Wagy recei...


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