Mississippi woman accused of 3 years of PFD fraud
A woman living in Mississippi is charged with fraudulently receiving three years’ and nearly $15,000 worth of Permanent Fund dividends for herself and her two children, after investigators they moved out of the state nearly five years ago.
Evon Molly O’Connor, 27, faces more than two dozen counts including scheme to defraud, 12 counts of unsworn falsification, nine counts of second-degree theft and three counts of attempted second-degree theft.
According to a criminal complaint against O’Connor, written by Assistant District Attorney Lisa Kelley, O’Connor certified that the three were Alaska residents from 2013 through 2015, qualifying them for the 2014 through 2016 dividends.
The state Department of Revenue received a tip in September that O’Connor and the children had moved to Mississippi in October 2013, returned to Alaska for roughly seven months, then returned to Mississippi from July 2015 through June 2016.
An investigator examining airline, border-crossing, Facebook, financial and public-assistance records determined that O’Connor and the children were only sporadically in the state during the period of those dividends.
“Based on [the investigator’s] analysis of these records, it appears that the family lived in Mississippi from Oct. 2, 2013 until May 15, 2014 and again from Aug. 4, 2015 to June 11, 2016,” Kelley wrote.
O’Connor and the children received dividend checks of $1,884, $2,072 and $1,022 each from 2014 through 2016, Kelley said -- a total of $14,934, starting with the first of three years of fraudulent filings.
“By signing the applications, she certified that she and the children were Alaska residents for all of 2013,” Kelley wrote. “O’Connor failed to disclose that she and the children had moved out of Alaska in October of 2013 and were therefore no longer residents of Alaska.”
O’Connor had applied for the $1,100 check in 2017, Kelley said, claiming that she and the children had lived in Alaska for 2016. They were allegedly absent for 158 days, however, and they didn’t receive the 2017 checks “pending the outcome of this investigation.”
O’Connor wasn’t listed in custody in a statewide inmate database on Tuesday.
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