Waialua woman sentenced again for welfare fraud
July 26, 2017 | 77° | Check Traffic

Top News

Waialua woman sentenced again for welfare fraud

  • COURTESY HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

    Mary Jane Delgado Ponce

A 53-year-old Waialua woman was sentenced today to five years in prison for committing welfare fraud again.

First Circuit Judge Shirley Kawamura sentenced Mary Jane Delgado Ponce, also known as Mary Jane Dalumpinis, to the maximum sentence for second-degree theft.

An Oahu jury found Ponce guilty in October of obtaining thousands of dollars in food stamps benefits from the state by deception.

As a repeat offender, Ponce must serve a minimum of 20 months before being eligible for parole.

From April 2010 to April 2014, Ponce was overpaid $3,723 in food stamps benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program because she did not disclose to state officials that she was married.

State Attorney General Doug Chin said Ponce was convicted of welfare fraud in 2009 and began defrauding the state again one year later.

“People should not steal public funds and abuse this important social safety net,” Chin said in a statement.

SNAP is administered by the state and provides food and nutritional support to qualifying low-income households. In fiscal year 2014, SNAP helped an estimated 193,600 state residents or 98,400 families.

70 comments

Leave a Reply

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.