NH DHHS Announces Recent Welfare Fraud Convictions; Releases Data on Welfare Fraud Cases

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Special Investigations Unit (SI) is announcing convictions in two

recent welfare fraud cases. Lois Thomas of Manchester was recently

convicted of two counts of welfare fraud. Thomas was found guilty of

receiving public assistance for her daughter while her daughter was not a

household member as well as failure to report real estate and other

resources. Thomas was sentenced to one year in the Merrimack County House

of Corrections. Restitution was ordered in the amount of $44,292.00.

Lisa Dodge of Keene was recently convicted of two counts of welfare fraud

in Cheshire County Superior Court. Dodge was convicted of one count of

welfare fraud, along with one count of theft by unauthorized taking. Dodge

failed to report her husband as a household member to the DHHS. Dodge was

sentenced to 1 ½ to 3 years on the welfare fraud charge. That sentence was

suspended. She was also sentenced to twelve months on the theft charge

with six months suspended. The court has ordered her to pay $30,521.53 in


Over the first nine months of State Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2010 – March

30, 2011) 39 individuals were convicted of welfare fraud. During this time

an additional 24 cases of welfare fraud have been referred to New Hampshire

county attorneys for prosecution.