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Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:55 pm
by whisper
Jackson Accuser's Mom Hit With Fraud Rap
Prosecutors: Woman repeatedly lied to secure welfare handouts

AUGUST 23--The mother of the Los Angeles boy who accused Michael Jackson of sexual molestation was charged today with welfare fraud and perjury.

The five-count felony indictment charges Janet Arvizo with a single fraud count and four instances of lying to secure nearly $19,000 in welfare payments to which she was not entitled, according to the below court filing. Arvizo, 37, who is scheduled for an September 7 Superior Court arraignment, is pictured at right in a mug shot from a 1998 arrest.

During her testimony at the Jackson trial, Arvizo cited the Fifth Amendment in refusing to answer questions about how she succeeded in obtaining welfare payments while having more than $30,000 in the bank.

During the defense case, a Jackson lawyer walked a California Department of Social Services representative through Arvizo's welfare applications, pointing out how she repeatedly failed to disclose, as required by law, assets and financial assistance she was receiving.

Among many devastating brickbats tossed at Arvizo during the Jackson trial, the welfare fraud allegations were particularly damaging since they appeared to be backed by government documents (not to mention that Arvizo refused to address them for fear of incriminating herself). (5 pages)

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Source: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/08 ... vizo1.html

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:58 pm
by ~Vicky~
Mother of Jackson Accuser Facing Prison For Welfare Fraud
The mother of Michael Jackson's teenage accuser in child molestation charges has been charged in Los Angeles with welfare fraud and perjury.

Janet Arvizo is being charged with receiving over $18,000 in welfare benefits illegally by failing to disclose that she and her family had received $150,000 in a settlement during a 2001 civil lawsuit against a department store.

LA County prosecutors began the investigation of Arvizo after Carl A. Capozzola, a lawyer working for Jackson forwarded evidence of the alleged fraud. During the highly publicized trial Arvizo invoked her Fifth Amendment rights when asked under oath about a welfare fraud investigation.

Arvizo could be facing several years in prison if found guilty.

http://www.halifaxlive.com/artman/publi ... 7105.shtml


I love that last bit. After over a year of seeing that at the end of every article written about Michael. It's HER turn.

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:15 pm
by frozen rose
Originally posted by whisper
Well, she hasn't gotten what she deserves yet. She's only been charged. She needs to be convicted and serve some kind of jail time. Hopefully the Los Angeles DA can get one or more of her kids to testify against her thieving ass.
That's kind of true. Well, I hope these people make the right decision, as there was a lot of evidence of her theft in the Molestation Case -- as Chris Tucker admitted to in his testimony... didn't he?

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:45 pm
by whisper
So that's Chris Carter in Las Vegas and now Janet Arvizo in Los Angeles who have been scooped up for their crimes.

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:05 pm
by HeavenSent
*claps* thank God.

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:09 pm
by DaNcInG mAcHiNe
Ahaha serves that idiot of a woman right!

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:11 pm
by whisper
Felony Charges Filed Against Mother of Jackson's Accuser
By Stuart Pfeifer and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers


Los Angeles County prosecutors today filed five felony charges of welfare fraud and perjury against the mother of Michael Jackson's teenage accuser, the woman whose credibility was at the center of the pop star's acquittal on child molestation charges.

Prosecutors allege that Janet Arvizo received more than $18,000 in welfare benefits illegally by failing to disclose that she and her family had received thousands of dollars in the settlement of a civil lawsuit.

Arvizo today declined to comment on the charges, according to a young man who answered the door at her Los Alamitos home.

A Santa Barbara County jury acquitted Jackson of child molestation charges in June, saying that part of the reason was that they distrusted the boy's mother.

The welfare fraud investigation forced the woman to invoke her 5th Amendment protection against self incrimination before she answered any questions on that topic.

Los Angeles County prosecutors began the investigation of Arvizo after a lawyer working for Jackson forwarded evidence of the alleged fraud. Now, Jackson is free and the mother of his accuser is facing a possible prison sentence.

"The truth has been revealed that she is the individual who should be prosecuted," said Carl A. "Tony" Capozzola, the Jackson lawyer who called on Los Angeles prosecutors to investigate the mother.

Jackson's defense attorney during the child molestation trial, Thomas Mesereau Jr., said:

"This helps confirm what we were saying through the trial, which was the accuser and his family lacked credibility and that the charges were false. It was a disgrace for the prosecutor to go forward with this case against Michael Jackson."

Source: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-08 ... -headlines

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:21 pm
by abbymjgirl
She's only been charged. She needs to be convicted and serve some kind of jail time.
Yup..she should!!

Thanks for the info Whisper..I would'nt have found out until probably later. :D

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:27 pm
by LadyInMJsLife
Originally posted by Cristine87
Karma's a bitch!
YEP! :popcorn

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:47 pm
by Shannon
I hope she gets what she deserves. I really, really do.

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:49 pm
by historythiller
So who is got this case?? Sneddy??

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:55 pm
by whisper
Originally posted by historythiller
So who is got this case?? Sneddy??
Of course not. He'd never press charges against her. She received welfare from Los Angeles county. So the Los Angeles County DA is prosecuting her. Sneddon is the Santa Barbara DA.

Sneddon also insulted Los Angeles County during the course of the trial. Remember? He damn near bashed LA County Child Services b/c they investigated the family during Feb 2003 and found the molestation charges to be unfounded.

So after basically calling the LA law enforcement a bunch of incompetents (my phrase, not Sneddons), I doubt they would do Sneddon a favor and overlook Arvizo's crimes.

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:59 pm
by Tiger Lilly
I was hoping this would happen. Lets hope she gets what she deserves! :laugh

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:59 pm
by historythiller
Ok thank you for your answer. I think it would be up to the jury how much jail time she would get if they jury would say that she did wrong!

Breaking news: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 7:22 pm
by 58angel
Just a thought, but could Michael be called as a witness against her. After all he did give the b*tch money.