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EPD Officer Arrested for Outstanding Warrant on Welfare Fraud

An officer with the Evansville Police Department was arrested on Sunday on a felony warrant for welfare fraud, according to EPD.

Posted: May 3, 2021 7:34 AM
Updated: May 5, 2021 8:45 AM

Officers with the Evansville Police Department arrested one of their own on Sunday for an outstanding warrant for welfare fraud.

EPD says 34-year-old Amber Lazo was arrested on Sunday and booked in Vanderburgh County Jail for an active warrant issued in June 2020 for two counts of Welfare Fraud, with each count being a Level 6 Felony in Indiana.

Lazo was sworn into the department on June 1, 2020, and immediately after, was deployed into the military.

On June 26, EPD says it was made aware of a warrant for Lazo's arrest that was issued in Vanderburgh County Circuit Court on the same day.

After returning home from deployment, Lazo's active warrant was served by EPD Officers.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Lazo neglected to inform the state her children's father was living with them and helping with expenses while she received SNAP benefits.

Following her arrest, Lazo was released from jail on a $250 bond.

"It's never good to hear about this kind of stuff. It's not good for policing," said EPD officer Taylor Merriss. "It's not good for the community -- nobody wants to hear about this -- but whenever something presents itself like this we have to act as police officers even though it can be hard -- very hard."

Lazo is currently on unpaid administrative leave but could be fired pending charges.

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