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23-year-old woman collects $130,000 in welfare benefits for three children who never existed

By Mason White 1:22 PM December 14, 2016
Sabrina Strothers 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A young woman came up with an elaborate scheme to get money without working for it.

The 23-year-old woman of Pennsylvania, applied for welfare benefits, claiming to have given birth to triplets.

After her application was approved, Sabrina Strothers began receiving money for the three children, whom she named Thomas, Tomalyia, and Tyreik Wilson.

Strothers claimed that the babies were born in November 2008. Police said that Strothers was pregnant with triplets in 2008, but she miscarried and they were never born.

According to records, Strothers falsified documents when she applied for welfare benefits through the Allegheny County Assistance Office on 6 occasions since 2012, and she received a total of $130,000 in welfare benefits.

Strothers’ cousin allegedly reported her fraud to authorities.

When investigators checked the children’s Social Security numbers against government records, they found that the they belonged to people who were born in 1887, 1945 and 1960.

Strothers is facing charges of theft by deception, forgery and false statements.