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Description: Concord, New Hampshire criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with making false statements to get SNAP benefits.
Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi, 32, of Nashua, was receiving Supplemental Nutritional Agricultural (SNAP) benefits, better known as food stamps, and Medicaid benefits. In New Hampshire, the state Department of Health and Human Services administers the food stamp and Medicaid programs. Because eligibility is tied to household resources, applicants are required to provide truthful information to the state and timely notify the state if their household’s composition or income changes.
Arizmendi married her spouse in February 2015. On March 3, 2015, she applied to the Department of Health and Human Services for food stamps and Medicaid benefits. She claimed under penalty of perjury that she was unmarried. Between March 2015 and November 2020, Arizmendi continued to falsely represent to the state that she was unmarried and claimed she and her spouse had no personal relationship to one another. For example, she provided a fraudulent “Rental Verification Request” identifying her spouse as a “Landlord, Manager or Housing Official.”
If Arizmendi truthfully disclosed her marital status, her spouse’s income would have reduced her eligibility for benefits. In total, Arizmendi obtained $64,401 in food stamps and Medicaid benefits she was not entitled to receive.
Arizmendi is scheduled to be sentenced on March 13, 2023.
This matter was investigated by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander S. Chen.
18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(1) - False Statements
Outcome: 11/28/2022 3 WAIVER OF INDICTMENT by Kaylie Esquivel. (js) (Entered: 11/28/2022)
11/28/2022 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Paul J. Barbadoro: INITIAL APPEARANCE AND WAIVER OF INDICTMENT/PLEA TO INFORMATION HEARING as to Kaylie Esquivel (1) held on 11/28/2022. Defendant sworn and advised of rights & charges. Court approves financial affidavit. Court accepts guilty plea. Guilty Count 1. Defendant released on conditions. Parties move to amend defendant's name to Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi. (Court Reporter: Liza Dubois) (Govt Atty: Alexander Chen) (Defts Atty: Dorothy Graham) (USP: Riaka McCormick)(Total Hearing Time: 15) (js) (Entered: 11/28/2022)
11/28/2022 Assented to MOTION to Amend Name on 1 Information to Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi by USA as to Kaylie Esquivel. (js) (Entered: 11/28/2022)
11/28/2022 ORAL ORDER granting Assented to Motion to Amend Name on 1 Information to Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi. So Ordered by Judge Paul J. Barbadoro. (js) (Entered: 11/28/2022)
11/28/2022 4 MOTION to Appoint Counsel with Financial Declaration by Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi. (Attachments: # 1 Financial Affidavit) (js) (Entered: 11/28/2022)
11/28/2022 ENDORSED ORDER approving 4 Motion to Appoint Counsel. Federal Public Defender Dorothy Graham appointed in the case as to Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi (1). Text of Order: Request Approved. Appoint Counsel. So Ordered by Judge Paul J. Barbadoro. (js) (Entered: 11/28/2022)
11/28/2022 5 ORDER Setting Conditions of Release as to Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi. So Ordered by Judge Paul J. Barbadoro. (js) (Entered: 11/28/2022)
11/28/2022 NOTICE OF HEARING as to Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi. Sentencing set for 3/13/2023 10:00 AM before Judge Paul J. Barbadoro. The court has allotted 1 hour for the hearing. Please contact the court immediately if you anticipate the hearing will exceed the allotted time. Any motion seeking a departure or variance, as well as any sentencing memorandum, shall be filed 10 days prior to the sentencing date. Any response shall be filed 4 days prior to sentencing date. Defense counsel should advise the defendant that any monetary portion of the sentence will be payable only by cash, bank check, money order or debit or credit card via pay.gov (after obtaining a transaction ID from the probation officer.) No card payments can be made at the counter.(js) (Entered: 11/28/2022)Defendant pled guilty.