34 Arrested On Welfare Fraud Charges

      Thirty-four people who are accused of defrauding state welfare agencies out of $198,821 have been arrested in Tulare County, authorities said.

      Investigators for the Tulare County District Attorney's Office arrested the 34 people on Saturday.

      Of the 34 people arrested, nine were new welfare fraud charges. Twenty five were probation violators who failed to pay court-ordered restitution for prior welfare fraud charges.

      Thirteen of the people arrested are from Tulare County's largest city, Visalia.

      The five biggest offenders are listed below:

      Griselda Guerrero, 39, of Tipton -- $23, 841

      Nai Kuang Saephan, 28, of Visalia -- $18,791

      Patricia McCarthy, 37, of Porterville -- $15,605

      Rachel Contreras, 42, of Porterville -- $14, 599

      Delia Alvarez, 36, of Visalia -- $12,214