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Welfare Fraud

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What do you think of the $115,00 in welfare fraud? Mon, April 6, 2009 A Barrie man has been ordered to pay back the Ontario government $115,000 -- the same amount his common-law wife duped the welfare system out of over 10 years. "I was just trying to eat, your honour," said Joseph Syvert, 44, as his common-law wife, Shirley Moss, 52, sat near him at the front of the court. Court heard Moss received welfare cheques because of mental and health issues for the past 10 years and never reported that the entire time she lived with Syvert, who has a full-time job in Scarborough where he earns $18 an hour. Together they rent the main floor of a house for $1,000 a month. Court heard on four occasions, Syvert gave Moss a "false" letter to give to welfare authorities stating she was the landlord and Moss paid him rent. Court heard on four occasions, Syvert gave Moss a "false" letter to give to welfare authorities stating she was the landlord and Moss paid him rent.

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