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Social Services Supervisor Arrested Again On Fraud Charges

October 25, 2000

WATERBURY — A supervisor at the state Department of Social Services who was charged two months ago with welfare fraud was arrested again Tuesday and accused of taking funds intended for welfare recipients, authorities said.

Helen “Pearl” Byrd, 66, of 220 Chipper Road in Waterbury, a department supervisor for 20 years, is accused of diverting more than $180,000 by making illegal credits to the electronic benefits accounts of at least five welfare recipients between June 1998 and August 2000.

Byrd was charged Tuesday with four counts of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, felony counts that carry a maximum prison term of 20 years each.

In the latest charges, Byrd is accused of making illegal benefit credits to the accounts of four female recipients. Byrd would then tell the women that she made a mistake and ask them to return the funds, estimated at more than $37,000, which they did, according to the office of Chief State’s Attorney John M. Bailey, which conducted the investigation.

In August, Byrd was arrested on larceny and fraud charges in connection with another scheme in which she made illegal credits to the account of welfare recipient Griselle Ramirez, 28, according to Bailey’s office. Byrd and Ramirez, who also was arrested in August, would then share the illegally diverted funds, authorities said.

Byrd was released Tuesday on a promise to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Nov. 8.



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