Three people were indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury in separate incidents of welfare fraud, according to a release from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

The office’s Financial Crimes Unit conducted three investigations between March 2012 and July 2012 with the county’s Department of Family & Community Development-Division of Fraud Investigations on residents who were collecting benefits they should not be receiving.

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Earnest Atkins, 42, of Pleasantville, was charged with receiving over $23,000 in benefits from June 2007 to August 2009 by not reporting he had a job.

Jennifer Yanni, 44, of Egg Harbor Township, allegedly defrauded the county of more than $31,000 in benefits from July 2010 to November 2011. Authorities said she did not report income from various part-time jobs.

Maritza Davis-Hernandez, 35, of Mays Landing, allegedly defrauded the department of more than $7,200 in benefits.

An investigation revealed that Davis-Hernandez applied for benefits in September 2009 and did not report she had gotten a job.

All three were charged with third-degree theft by deception. The charge carries a sentence of three to five years in state prison and up to $15,000 in fines.

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