VIRGINIA BEACH - Five women were indicted this week for welfare fraud.
The commonwealth's attorney office says they made false applications for assistance and their fraud exceeded $34,000 .
Charged are: Tifani Renee-Lee Brown, Tina Knehr, Jamie Reamy, Christina Sanchez and Theresa Tellez.
Prosecutors said Sanchez's fraud was more than $13,300.
Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey Bryant told 13News Now that his office prosecutes an average of 5 people each month for defrauding the government in this manner.