What She Did For Love: Stole Cash, Food Stamps

Posted: July 24, 1986

Corliss Faison, 39, fell in love with Louis Butcher, 56, and was "conned" into using her position as a social worker with the Department of Public Welfare to set up two phony accounts to see to it that he received cash and food stamps illegally in 1982, according to Assistant District Attorney Thomas Gilson.

Yesterday, Faison, of Lambert Street near Chew Avenue, pleaded guilty to forgery, welfare fraud, conspiracy and theft by deception. Common Pleas Judge Michael R. Stiles placed her on five years' probation and ordered her to repay $4,410.

Gilson said Butcher, who is listed as a fugitive, worked as a street vendor when he lived with Faison.

"He got her to set up two phony accounts," said Gilson. "Cash and food stamps were sent to Butcher under his name and the name of 'Joey Brown.' "

Faison has fallen out of love with Butcher, according to Gilson, and now wants him prosecuted. She has agreed to testify for the prosecution when he is arrested.

Faison, who was arrested in May, worked for the Welfare Department for 14 years before being fired.


Former Philadelphia lawyer Perry Crutchfield, 36, wept openly as he appeared for sentencing on a rape charge before Common Pleas Judge William J. Mazzola.

Crutchfield, formerly of Germantown and now a financial consultant in Washington, told the judge Tuesday he made an "error in judgment" when he attacked a 24-year-old art student in his home on May 10, 1983.

He blamed his problems on cocaine and said he wants to be a "productive member of society."

Mazzola wasn't impressed. He sentenced Crutchfield to three to 10 years in prison for rape, unlawful restraint, simple assault and indecent assault.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph McGettigan said Crutchfield met the victim in a restaurant where she worked as a cook and "smooth-talked her" into going to his home.

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