POSTED: 4:57 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2011
A 34-year-old Hawaii fugitive, who had been working for two years at a Stratford, Conn., school, will be extradited Saturday to Honolulu to face a theft charge for welfare fraud in Hawaii.
Ann Grace Macion had been living with her two young children and working in Stratford, Conn., since at least 2009, according to the Connecticut Post.
Macion fraudulently received more than $20,000 in public assistance benefits from the state of Hawaii between Feb. 1, 2001, and March 31, 2006, an indictment says, but she wasn’t indicted until April 13.
After being indicted on a first-degree theft charge, a bench warrant was issued, but Macion was never arrested in Hawaii, said Supervising Deputy Attorney General Chris Young.
Young said he could not disclose how Hawaii authorities discovered she was living in Connecticut.
The indictment said the Department of Human Services discovered the welfare fraud on May 28, 2008.
Macion has worked since 2009 as a cafeteria monitor in Stratford at Nichols Elementary School and has been driving a school bus for Durham School Service in that town, the Connecticut Post reported June 23.