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Monday, March 13, 2017

D.C. millionaire gets food stamps

Helen Odoeme Agbapuruonwu, wife of millionaire lawyer Fidelis I. Agbapuruonwu, illegally received for food stamps and Medicaid assistance for the last seven years, police said

Fidelis I. Agbapuruonwu came to America from Nigeria in 1993 to study for the Catholic priesthood, but he felt a lower calling and became a lawyer. In 2001, he became a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans scholar. Peter Soros is the late brother of George Soros.

By that time, Fidelis I. Agbapuruonwu had already become an associate at Mayer Brown in Washington, DC. The firm is the 17th largest firm in the world with annual revenues of $1.2 billion with 24 offices and more than 1,500 lawyers.

NBC's affiliate in Washington reported his annual salary was $1.5 million.

But the station reported that at the same time, the Agbapuruonwu collected more than $100,000 in welfare-style benefits from 2010 to 2016. That works out to more than $14,000 a year in benefits for the seven year-period.

From NBC's affiliate:
Fidelis’ LinkedIn page claims he works for the D.C. firm of Mayer Brown, but today the firm said he no longer works there. Court officials believe Fidelis, a Nigerian immigrant, has “fled the country and is somewhere in Africa.”
The director of the pre-school the Agbapuruonwu’s children once attended said she is shocked by the allegations against family.
“I have to believe it’s not true,” she said.
Helen Agbapuruonwu’s defense lawyer declined to comment.
Police say they hope this case is a deterrent to anyone who thinks about trying to cheat the system.
“We hope it sends a message that if you are taking public assistance it’s truly intended for those in need, and we’re committed to ensuring those who need the most help receive it,” said Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage.
Does anyone believe she will do jail time?

But this arrest and charge -- and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty -- raise questions.

Will the police extend their problem to his colleagues at the law firm? Did the partners know? Were they not suspicious when he tried to pass off government cheese as brie?

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  1. It took them only 7 years to crack the case. Yeah. That'll serve as a warning.

  2. Welfare is there to be doled out, so why bother checking on such a silly thing as "need"?

  3. Sometimes I ask myself why I had to have parents that taught me to fend for myself, be honest, and never forget that your self worth is determined by the good that you do to help other people when necessary to give them a hand to get back on their feet.

    1. Yeah, that sure can ruin you. If Dad was still alive, I'd slap a lawsuit on him.

  4. The Canucks called. They want their Alpha-getti back.

  5. How hard would it have been to check the financial resources of these people when the wife applied for government assistance? How many people in the Washington area have the same last name? Not many, I'd bet, which means virtually no chance of misidentification through an Internet search.

  6. More immigrants who just moved here because of love and to make us rich. Prosecuting them for ripping us off? Can't wait for one of the Bushes or obozo or some other leftist to lecture and tell us "that's not who we are." How about a moratorium on immigration?

  7. White men need not apply for welfare.
    None shall be given even if you are white, male and live in the woods without food, shelter or health care, bit if uvare rich, black and female, the money will flow and flow.
    (99% of all homeless living in the woods in Panhandle Florida are white males, but if that stat were 99% black, it would be a sign of racism, but since welfare is largely denied white males, this racism shall be ignored).

  8. It's way past time to get the government out of the welfare/food stamp/housing business. Charities do a lot better job of taking care of those who really need it. It's also past time to return to stigmatizing those who refuse to discipline and fend for themselves, particularly unmarried mothers. - Elric