Ocklawaha woman charged with public assistance fraud

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Jessica Fong

Ocklawaha, Florida — An Ocklawaha woman was arrested after investigators with the Florida Department of Financial Services determined she had committed welfare fraud.

Investigator T.N.Mitchell said that Jessica L. Fong, 28, falsified multiple Department of Children and Families applications when she applied for public assistance.

According to reports, Fong applied for assistance for herself and children who were not living at the same residence. Instead, the children had been staying with their grandparents.

Investigators said that between the dates of January 1, 2013, and June 30, 2015, Fong fraudulently received $7,267.00 in food stamps. Additionally, Fong fraudulently received $6,467.54 in Medicaid benefits.

A warrant was issued for Fong’s arrest on March 13, 2017.

On March 22,  Fong was located at her Ocklawaha residence and arrested.

She was charged with Public Assistance Fraud. She was released on a $2,000 bond.

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  • Ocala native

    Make these sentences long and get a point to the rest of the freeloaders in this country. Were getting half our income taken away so these people can lay on the couch watching Judge Judy and getting stoned.

    • HilleryLostHAHAHAHA

      /applause/!!!

    • FlaBella

      Ocala Native Half of income? NO, you pay taxes and your taxes are distributed by the government to many different programs. Additionally, the majority of those who are getting food assistance are required to work to receive benefits. The only exclusions are those who are proven disabled and of course…the elderly. There are many misconceptions regarding those who receive benefits and while its true there are those who abuse the system, that is true with any program. The majority are not lazy, they have jobs and pay taxes as you do. I encourage you to take a few moments and do some actual research before making assumptions.

      • Ocala native

        Yes half at least, if you make a good living in this country you are rewarded with the lions share of taxes. I have done my research and maybe you should do some as well, have you not watched people in the grocery buying the items I mentioned and paying with EBT? They have money for there cigarettes and cell phones but not there own grocerys. Make this program like WIC and it may start getting people eager to get off of it

        • FlaBella

          I have my research and its on most government sites that explain what food assistance is. Not everyone is fortunate enough to make the “Lions share” of earnings but it seems to me that those who are the most fortunate are usually the ones roaring the loudest. Typical. You and others place those who are truly in need of assistance in with the low life’s that abuse the system. Are you aware that even those on assistance still pay taxes, therefore they too pay towards assistance. Those who are not disabled or elderly are required to work. There are low life’s in all classes of life, even those who win the lions share.

        • FlaBella

          I don’t pay attention to what others do in a grocery line, I’ve got my own business to tend to and besides that if your so intrigued with others groceries perhaps you should work as a cashier or bagger. I don’t know the struggles of people in line and its not my place to pass judgments, I leave that to God.

      • Charlie

        I’m calling hogwash. Many of these people make it a life long thing. This help is meant to be temporary. Anyone at her age should be able to make her own way. I was out of the house at 15 and NEVER had to ask for handouts. Save it for the people that really need it. If you have a phone, cable, and things of that nature you should not qualify. I can speak on this subject because I lived it. I’m not one of those people that have never struggled and think poor people want to be patronized.

        • FlaBella

          Charlie, many people have been on their own and too have struggled. While there are those who abuse the system, there are more honest people who need help. Its wonderful you never had to ask for help but you need to remember not everyone has been as fortunate as you. I am personally helping three people, one is 24 years old with brain cancer and a two year old daughter, the second is a gentleman who had a complete mental breakdown when a drunk driver killed his wife and newborn son, and the third is an elderly gentleman with no family who worked hard his entire life but found himself in a bad spot when he had to choose between having food or his heart medications. He lost the bulk of his lifes savings when the market crashed and while he was able to hold on to his house, that was it. Im really tired of people saying welfare and food assistance is for nothibg but the lazy and all the while refuse to even consider there are folks that need help. Its hard to ask for help and for many truly embarrassing. I too left home when I was 15. I finished highschool and later put myself through college working 2 sometimes 3 jobs so I could pay for my glasses without student loans. It was really hard and along the way a little nudge and a kind gesture kept me going. I never forgot how kind folks were to me, I was as genuine then as I am today. I could have found myself a nice gravy job but my heart sent me in a different direction. I remembered what it was like to not have enough to eat, or not have enough money to wash all my laundry. Your words are disappointing to hear, I hear nothing from your heart. Dont misunderstand me, I understand your point, but it leaves me to believe its easier for you to turn your back on someone, than to take the time to understand how it is they are where they are. I wish people would just open their hearts and stop with all the bashing that goes on to those who are poor.

  • snitch2

    Obama would have let it slide….free stuff, no work.

  • Charlie

    Looks like a meth head. Meth spots.

    • Ruthie Carey Drew

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/951992faf65f6f732b0bb002369beb626dfe4291bfbda1dfe5424e1e7af31b3c.jpg Here’s her pic from FB after graduating nursing school in June 2015. Looks like people are quick to judge.

      • jmarr

        I have known this woman for about six years. She is actually the kind of person this help was made for; went through a very hard time, worked but needed help. The charges are a mistake and in the name of justice should be dropped. She did not commit any fraud on either count. She just did not make enough money to feed and medically take care of her two children and ask for help. She did not want help but just had to have some to get by. She put herself through nursing school and was doing well until this dropped on her. She is a beautiful person whom loves helping people but just had a hard time making ends meet. She could easily be any of us.

        • 2002MC

          I also know this woman and I know the grandparents. For over 4 years she did not have her children. The grandparents raised them. No matter how you look at it, this is fraud.

          • 41cal

            2002mc must be your jail numbers ! you are a bald faced liar, they did not live with grandparents for 4 years.

          • 2002MC

            41cal must be your gun. Put to your head and pull the trigger.
            The boy went to school in Lake County where the grandparents lived yet she lived in Marion County.

          • Ruthie Carey Drew

            If that is true , couldn’t the grandparents be charged as well?

          • 2002MC

            With what? They had nothing to do with her collecting the benefits.

  • Troll Trollington

    It’s good to see Florida chasing down these hardened criminals. Maybe now they can bust some jaywalkers and litterbugs.

  • Ms Betty

    Everyone on food stamps should be investigated.

    • FlaBella

      Ms Betty when your looking out your windows to spy on neighbors be sure to turn your lights off first and when trolling through their trash, be a doll and pick up after yourself.

      • Ms Betty

        Sounds to me like you’re one of them that ought to be investigated. I happen to be one of the few lucky ones where I don’t need to pick others trash and I’m much to busy to bothering spying on neighbors although I am friendly with all of them.

        • FlaBella

          Ms Betty, the point is you have people around you that are seeking assistance so dont look down at those who are in need of it. You would be amazed just who who is in need. As for me, I have an advanced degree and choose to work with those who are underserved and looked down upon by people such as yourself. Like others complaining about their money being used for those who have fallen on hard times, I choose to remember that I am helping those who need it the most. You want to complain and say everyone receiving assistance should be investigated is the same as saying someone isnt worthy of help because some bad apples have tainted the pool. Shame on you. There are many deserving of help, including the homeless, disabled and elderly folks, so while you sit upon your high horse looking down your nose at those less fortunate than you, remember this, in the blink of an eye your life can change and someday even you may rely on the kindness of others. Ill pray for you.

          • Mike

            I love it when Ms. Betty aka ms righteous gets put in her place. Hahaha.
            By the way, couldn’t have said that any better.

          • Ms Betty

            ms righteous???? No, I’m just fed up with people lying and cheating to get something for nothing that they don’t deserve cause it takes away from people who do need. put in my place???? not in this lifetime sucker

          • Ruthie Carey Drew

            I investigated on Facebook and found a pic of her from June of 2015 when she graduated from nursing school. If my math is correct , she got about $242 a month for her and the kids while she was in school. She sounds bad . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/951992faf65f6f732b0bb002369beb626dfe4291bfbda1dfe5424e1e7af31b3c.jpg

          • Ms Betty

            I have no idea who this is but I assure you, it’s not me. LOL Go back to investigating your crystal ball cause 2105 hasn’t come yet. BTW, to make it easy on you, I’m not on social media.

          • Ruthie Carey Drew

            Sorry my dyslexia kicked in with the date. This is Jessica Fong,the girl that the article is about. I was taking your advice and investigating her.

          • 2002MC

            I know Jessica Fong. On the outside she is a nice person. Peel back the layers and she is a lying, callous mental case.

          • cal41

            She may be a mental case, what abused woman isn’t, but you are the liar. She is a caring person if you really get to know her

          • 2002MC

            Abused? Ha! Ha! Liar? Hardly. You trying to be a comic. Don’t quit your day job. That’s right, you don’t have one.

          • Eustis mom

            I personally know all parties of this girl , I lived across the street from the grandparents , I also know this Jessica , she did not have her children for 5 years , she dropped her baby off at their house when she was 7months old , she went off doing what ever she wanted without seeing her kids or supporting them ! I know a lot more that I’m not gonna post , but if this girl got all this stuff why did the grandparents get help with the kids , who was she feeding and supporting! She got student loans for school and worked part time ! She had no bills ! Some people say they know her , but she will tell you the sob story , but the real truth is what she doesn’t tell u ! Abused woman ?? Please , she’s psycho ! She tried to kill herself , overdosed , banged her head on the table , plus tried to stab her boyfriend! So those who think they know , do your research !! People who get benifits that lie about it should get what’s coming , me as a single mom couldn’t get a damn thing and I had my child

          • Ms Betty

            You can take your high and mighty attitude and shove where the sun don’t shine. I happen to be a compassionate woman and understand hard times that people go thru but I don’t like being taken advantage of and a lot of people getting stamps are defrauding the government. If people truly deserve stamps by all means they should get them but there are a lot of people getting stamps that truly don’t deserve them and they’re the ones that should be prosecuted. If you have a problem with that then that’s your problem. I stand by my opinion. Investigate them all!!

          • FlaBella

            Looks like Ms Betty got knocked off her high horse and is now back tracking her words. Dont worry Ms Betty, Jesus forgives the callous and ignorant.

          • Ms Betty

            I haven’t gotten knocked off anything nor am I backtracking. I’m saying investigate them all!! Anyone and EVERYONE getting food stamps and that goes for you too FlaBella.

          • FlaBella

            Ms Betty regardless of any subject on here you manage to show just how incredibly ugly you are on the inside. Perhaps it is you that needs to be investigated. I feel sorry for anyone who lives anywhere close to you because I truly believe your a garbage investigator and one who is always in your neighbors business. Stay off your horse, it has broken legs.

          • Ms Betty

            Anyone who cares to investigate me is more than welcome for I have nothing to hide. You claim I am ugly on the inside, why? because I speak my mind and won’t bend to go along with people like you? I am an individual and am perfectly able to have my own opinion and obviously I don’t hesitate to let jokers like you know that you can’t change my mind, you can’t bully me by calling me names. I stand by my original post and if you don;t like it, oh well……

          • FlaBella

            Bully you? You have no compassion for anyone less fortunate. Ive seen your responses on otther posts. Your all pissy because I call you on your lack of compassion, then whine and try to twist it. GTFO!! Lol

          • Ms Betty

            Listen. I have no further intentions of carrying on with this childish banter. I am an adult and am able to conduct myself like one. I don’t whine because I don’t have to. So go ahead come back with a smart ass reply knowing I will no longer respond to you. Give it your best shot. Bye.

          • Ocala native

            I’m behind Ms Betty on this one and we rarely share the same opinion. Tell it like it is.

        • FlaBella

          Yes, Ms Betty, just as a snake is to a mouse. Key word, SNAKE.