DOVER, N.H, — A Maine couple indicted on charges relating to Social Security and welfare fraud were released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail at their Tuesday morning arraignment in Strafford County Superior Court.

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 out of Rochester and Farmington, N.H. for allegedly falsely reporting their job statuses and incomes to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Robert is facing a theft by deception charge for collecting more that $1,500 from Social Security by allegedly reporting that he wasn’t working while he was receiving income from his cleaning business between September 2010 and May 2013.

He is also facing a welfare fraud charge for allegedly falsely claiming that his only income was Social Security benefits, resulting in his receiving more than $1,000 worth of aid to the permanently and totally disabled, cash, food stamps, and Medicaid assistance between December 2010 and August 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 disability cash, food stamps, and Medicaid assistance, and for aiding Robert in obtaining the same by allegedly falsely reporting her income and wages between December 2010 and August 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.

A dispositional conference will be scheduled in Strafford County Superior Court for the pair.

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