DOVER, N.H. — A Maine couple was indicted by a Superior Court grand jury on charges relating to social security and welfare fraud for allegedly falsely reporting their job statuses and incomes.

Robert DeAngelis, 34, and Nina DeAngelis, 33, both with a last known address of 22 Elm St. in North Berwick, Maine, are each facing multiple charges.

Robert is facing a theft by deception charge for exercising “unauthorized control over United States Currency, the property of the Social Security Administration, in excess of $1,500, by deception …” according to the indictment.

It also states that DeAngelis reported that he was not working and receiving no income during the benefit period, which ran between Sept. 1, 2010 and May 31, 2013, “when in fact DeAngelis was working and receiving income from Down and Dirty Cleaning Services during the benefit period.”

He is also facing a welfare fraud charge for “an intentionally false statement or misrepresentation, claim to the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services that his only wages were Social Security benefits when in fact he was self-employed and earning wages or income …” according to the indictment.

As a result of the alleged false statement, DeAngelis obtained aid to the permanently and totally disabled (APTD) cash, food stamps, and Medicaid assistance totaling more than $1,000 in value, between Dec. 3, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2012.

Nina is facing two welfare fraud charges for allegedly falsely reporting that she was unemployed and in turn receiving more than $1,000 in APTD cash, food stamps, and Medicaid assistance, and for aiding Robert in obtaining the same by allegedly falsely reporting her income and wages to the DHHS between Dec. 3, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2012.

All charges are class A felonies which could each result in 7 ½ to 15 years in jail as well as up to $4,000 in fines.

Both Robert and Nina DeAngelis are scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H..

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