Stella Dimoko Nigerian Woman In Virginia Charged With Welfare Fraud While Husband Earned Millions


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nigerian Woman In Virginia Charged With Welfare Fraud While Husband Earned Millions

An Arlington woman was arrested this week and charged with four counts of welfare fraud for collecting over $100,000 in benefits – all while her husband was a high-earning attorney in D.C., police say.

Police say a six-month investigation into Helen Agbapuruonwu, 41, found that the mother of four had collected benefits like food stamps and Medicaid assistance for the past six years.

While Helen was collecting benefits, her husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, was earning $1.5 million per year as a lawyer, according to court documents obtained by News4.

In 2001, Fidelis received the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship which helped pay his way through law school.
Fidelis’ LinkedIn page claims he works for the D.C. firm of Mayer Brown, but today the firm said he no longer works there. Court officials believe Fidelis, a Nigerian immigrant, has “fled the country and is somewhere in Africa.”

The director of the pre-school the Agbapuruonwu’s children once attended said she is shocked by the allegations against family.
“I have to believe it’s not true,” she said.

Helen Agbapuruonwu’s defense lawyer declined to comment.
Police say they hope this case is a deterrent to anyone who thinks about trying to cheat the system.

“We hope it sends a message that if you are taking public assistance it’s truly intended for those in need, and we’re committed to ensuring those who need the most help receive it,” said Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage.



  1. Am not understanding, is it dat d man doesn't render financial help 2 d wife or she's just greedy....hian

  2. Makawhy! Ds one na serious matter

  3. #The quieter you become, the more you can hear. The more you listen, the less you fear*

  4. Wicked and greediness of the highest order

    1. Say, wickedness and greed not wicked and greediness

  5. They should look deeper to see if the man really takes care of his family and responsibilities. Cos I have a neighbour that has 5cars parked in his house but his wife takes okada and this pays non of the children's school fees, the wife only managed to train one to university level while the first child is a bricklayer and labourer. The younger children go to a public primary.

  6. Are they divorced? Cos ayam not understanding this stupidity. Welfare my igbo people avoid like plague these rich ones are running to. Welfare is not a thing of pride in the Igbo community at all at all. Shame

  7. Ise ile lo n ba won de'ta

  8. Greedy lot,just imagine.

  9. Na wa this 1 Na guy man & woman marriage.


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