FL: DCF employee, husband stole identities to get public assistance

David Ovalle reports:

As an employee of Florida’s Department of Children & Families, Clara Builes was in charge of approving applications for public-assistance benefits for the poor.

But Miami-Dade prosecutors say that for nearly four years, she used her position to help steal the the identities of several unsuspecting people, getting fraudulent benefit cards used to buy nearly $20,000 in food and groceries.

Builes and her husband, Gonzalez Builes, 53, surrendered Wednesday to face an array of white-collar charges, including official misconduct, grand theft and public assistance fraud.

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