Philly welfare office worker charged with theft

Posted: November 29, 2012

A 23-year-old Philadelphia woman is accused of stealing more than $330,000 in welfare benefits, the state Attorney General's Office said Thursday.

Kyshima D. Montgomery, of Judson Street near Indiana Avenue in Swampoodle, is charged with 17 counts of theft by deception, 18 counts of criminal use of a communications facility, 18 counts of unlawful use of a computer, 14 counts of criminal conspiracy and related offenses, according to a statement from the Attorney General's Office.

Montgomery, who worked as a clerk in the Department of Public Welfare's West District Office in Philadelphia, allegedly put more than $235,000 in unauthorized cash benefits into accounts of her friends and others from December 2010 to May 2011.

An investigating grand jury also alleged that she withdrew cash from those funds for her own use and moved another $104,310 before the Department of Public Welfare froze the accounts.

In all, Montgomery faces 68 felony counts, each of which carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines, plus two misdemeanor counts, each of which carries a five-year maximum. Montgomery's arrest, Attorney General Linda Kelly said, came weeks after two former welfare employees in Delaware County were charged with stealing almost $300,000 in a similar scheme.

Montgomery will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General E. Marc Costanzo in Philadelphia.

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Blog: PhillyConfidential.com

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