By Livia Gomes –
At the United States District Court in Concord, New Hampshire, Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi, 32, of Nashua, New Hampshire pleaded guilty to making false statements,
Arizmendi received Supplemental Nutritional Agricultural benefits, better known as food stamps, and Medicaid benefits from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Eligibility for this program is tied to household resources and all applicants are required to provide truthful information to the state and timely notify the state if their household’s composition or income changes.
In February 2015, Arizmendi married her spouse and on March 3, 2015, she applied to the Department of Health and Human Services for food stamps and Medicaid benefits. She claimed under penalty of perjury that she was unmarried.
Between March 2015 and November 2020, Arizmendi continued to falsely represent to the state that she was unmarried and claimed she and her spouse had no personal relationship to one another.
Additionally, Arizmendi provided a fraudulent “Rental Verification Request” identifying her spouse as a “Landlord, Manager or Housing Official.”
Arizmendi obtained $64,401 in food stamps and Medicaid benefits she was not entitled to receive.
Arizmendi will be sentenced on March 13, 2023.