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12:23 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Facebook Post Lands Carlsbad Woman In Jail

A Facebook post has landed a Carlsbad woman in hot water.

Authorities say 35-year-old Alicia Ortega received more than $39,000 in government assistance after lying about her marital and living status on applications for the aid programs.  Ortega is facing four counts of failure to disclose facts for public assistance and 15 counts of false claim for reimbursement.

Reports by case workers showed Ortega stated she was separated from her husband, Ramon Ortega, for eight years and that he was living in Texas. Ortega claimed that she received $400 monthly from him in child support for her three children.

However, federal investigators discovered posts on Alicia Ortega's Facebook page in which she and her husband exchange loving comments for their 13-year anniversary.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/

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