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Father and son charged in fraud case

Daniel (left) and Carl (right) Laviolette were charged in a welfare fraud case in Cheboygan County.

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A father-son pair face felony charges in a Cheboygan County fraud case.

Daniel Laviolette and his father Carl Laviolette were charged Friday, January 26 on felony welfare fraud.

The Cheboygan County Prosecuting Attorney said Daniel gave false information when applying for disability and received more than $67,700 in benefits he shouldn't have.

The prosecutor said Daniel also lied when applying for food assistance program, state emergency relief and Medicaid, totaling more than $135,338 in benefits.

Daniel was charged with two counts of welfare fraud over $500, two counts of welfare fraud (failure to inform) $500 or more and one count of conspiracy to commit welfare fraud over $500.

Each count is a four-year felony but they are enhanced as a fourth-degree habitual offender, making each count a 15-year felony, according to the prosecutor.

Carl allegedly applied for disability for Daniel and when approved Carl was made the payee.

The prosecutor said the disability was approved because of lies told by Daniel and Carl.

Carl was charged with one count of welfare fraud over $500, one count of welfare fraud (failure to inform) $500 or more and one count of conspiracy to commit welfare fraud over $500.

Daniel and Carl are both scheduled for a pretrial hearing February, 12 and a preliminary examination on February 14.


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