YAKIMA, Wash.-- The girlfriend of a man
missing since 2009 is now facing welfare fraud charges, for using the man's EBT
card after he went missing.
51-year-old Ladena Mann appeared Friday
in Yakima Superior Court facing felony welfare charges linked to Larry Riegel's
Riegel is a disabled 57-year-old contract
pilot, whose family hasn't made any contact with him since Christmas of 2009.
Yakima Police he may be a victim of foul
As for his girlfriend, who was the last
person to see him before his disappearance, they see her as a person of
According to state welfare-fraud
investigators, Mann used Riegel's electronic benefits transfer card several
times in the weeks after his disappearance.
We'll keep an eye on this case and let
you know if there are any further updates.