Target 11 revisits local couple accused of cheating welfare system

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McKEESPORT, Pa. - Target 11 investigator Rick Earle confronted a local woman accused of cheating the welfare system back in April. He caught up with the woman and her husband Monday as they faced a judge.

Earle said the couple still claims they did nothing wrong, but the judge disagreed. The judge ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.

John and Angela Kilbert, of McKeesport, were ordered to stand trial for allegedly bilking the welfare system out of $123,000.

Investigators said the Kilberts falsely claimed they were separated and then lied on welfare documents to receive food stamps, along with utility and medical benefits for six years.

John Kilbert’s attorney, David Shragger, said his client did nothing wrong.

“Of course we are pleading not guilty because it’s our position that he had nothing to do with this case. He had no knowledge of it and he’s anxious to assert his innocence,” Shragger said.

The Kilberts face a formal arraignment in August and then the case will be scheduled for trial.

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