Minden couple accused of defrauding food stamp, pension assistance programs


    (Minden Police Department)

    A husband and wife are accused of defrauding the state of Colorado out of thousands of dollars, and authorities say the woman is still on the run.

    A spokesperson from the Denver District Attorney's Office confirmed that John and Shelley Biever are wanted on several charges, and John Biever was arrested last week.

    According to an arrest warrant and affidavit filed on Dec. 31 out of Denver County, Shelley Biever, 65, is wanted on the following charges:

    1. Computer Crime - Theft between $1,000 and $20,000
    2. Computer Crime - Theft between $20,000 and $100,000
    3. Theft between $20,000 and $100,000
    4. Theft between $20,000 and $100,000
    5. Attempting to Influence a Public Servant

    Court documents accuse the Bievers of falsely representing their relationship, lying about their place of residence and falsely reporting their household income.

    Documents say Shelley Bievers submitted Applications for Public Assistance within the state of Colorado for food assistance and Old Age Pension assistance between October 2013 and August 2016.

    Authorities opened an investigation into the assistance accounts in July 2016, submitting an investigation referral to the Denver County's Department of Human Services after her EBT card was being used solely in Nebraska.

    Investigators said the Bievers had not lived in Colorado since March 2015, though they kept receiving benefits into 2016.

    Court documents also say they falsified documents, declaring themselves brother-in-law and sister-in-law, rather than husband and wife. They're also accused of falsifying their household income, saying they were not employed, and leading caseworkers to believe they had not moved out of Colorado.

    Authorities say they lied on at least three online renewal applications about their household size, income and relationship.

    The Denver County DHS said they learned that the Bievers were actually married when they filed for bankruptcy on Aug. 22, 2016 in Nebraska, where they declared themselves to be husband and wife.

    Investigators said if the Bievers had been truthful about their relationship and household income for the time between 2013 and 2015 when they were living in Colorado, they would have only qualified for partial assistance between December 2014 to December 2014

    Between December 2014 and and January 2018, they received $6,311 when they only qualified for $16 in food assistance.

    Authorities said Shelley Biever should have not received $23,757.56 in Old Age Pension assistance, totaling $30,052.56 that the couple should not have received.

    The Minden Police Department posted on their Facebook page that they're currently attempting to apprehend Biever.

    They're asking anyone with information about her current location to contact the them at 308-832-1150 or your local law enforcement.

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