LETHRBIDGE: A 52-year old Enchant woman faces charges for defrauding social service
agencies of more than $90,000.
In October 2012, Regional police were
notified about a suspected case of fraud involving a woman falsely obtaining
financial and medical supports from multiple provincial agencies. The Economic
Crimes Section investigated and determined the applicant lied or exaggerated
claims about medical conditions and forged or altered numerous documents over a
period of several years.
It's alleged the woman gained financial assistance and medical supplies
from Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Family Support for
Children with Disabilities and Alberta Works Income Support Program totaling
On Tuesday, April 9th, the woman’s home
was search and she was arrested.
Judith Louise Lyczewski, is charged
with three counts of fraud over $5,000 and 13 counts of uttering a forged
document. She was released from custody with several conditions, including
providing police with a copy of any application to any social services agency or
provincial government body prior to submission.
Sergeant Christy Woods with Regional Police says, "It is a case where we had to tread lightly and
delicately because I believe that there is some legitimate funding that is
required for this family." She adds, "The basis of the fraud is asking for
funding that's either exaggerated or asking for duplicate funding which is an
issue for the government agencies because it's hard to control when one
provincial agency may not know what the other agency is doling out."
Lyczewski is scheduled to appear in court April 11.