Two employees of Nicollet County Human Services are facing charges after they were accused of welfare fraud.

The criminal complaint shows that 54-year-old NCHS financial supervisor Dawn Michels used a supervisor over-ride to approve $1,500 in emergency assistance last year for 48-year-old Maria Alvarez-Betkar, and NCHS eligibility worker, that she wasn’t eligible to receive.

Investigators say that the application included false statements about who was living in the household, the household income, and Alvarez-Betkar’s assets. Documents show that they believe Michels knew that the information provided was incomplete.

Michels is Alvarez-Betkar’s supervisor. They are each charged with two felonies — wrongfully obtaining assistance and being a public officer permitting false claims against the government. They will be in court July 17th.