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Associated Press, Published May 04 2011

Feds say North Oaks couple wrongfully collected benefits

NORTH OAKS, Minn. — Federal investigators say a couple who relocated to Minnesota following Hurricane Katrina has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in government benefits, even though the two are millionaires.

A federal affidavit says the North Oaks couple collected more than $430,000 in medical and disability benefits for their three children since 2006. The document says the two have a combined retirement portfolio of more than $1 million, nearly $1 million in cash and two homes worth more than $1 million.

Social Security Administration investigator Jane Lewis said in the affidavit that the couple never told officials about their assets. The couple brought their triplets to Minnesota from Louisiana in 2005, claiming they were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and couldn't find adequate services for the children. The court document says one has autism and another has cerebral palsy.

The Star Tribune reports the couple has not been charged with a crime.