Evansville Police officer arrested; facing felony welfare fraud charges

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — An Evansville Police Officer arrested one its officers Sunday afternoon on a felony warrant for welfare fraud.

EPD says Amber Dawn Lazo, 34, was sworn in to the Evansville Police Department on June 1, 2020. Lazo was immediately deployed for the military following the ceremony.

On June 26, 2020, EPD was made aware of a felony welfare fraud warrant for Lazo that was issued in Vanderburgh County on that day. According to the affidavit, Lazo had been receiving benefits for nearly three years without reporting to the Division of Family Resources that she and her children had been living with the father of one of her children. A recipient is required to report a spouse and/or parent of a child that is living with them because their incomes and resources count in the assistance group’s budget.

After Lazo was home from deployment the active warrant was served by EPD officers. She was arrested Sunday at 4 p.m. and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail. She h as since posted bond.

(This story was originally published May 3, 2021)

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