Couple in Foster Care Abduction Face Fraud Charges

Friday, Apr 12, 2013  |  Updated 9:32 AM EDT
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Couple in Foster Care Abduction Face Fraud Charges

A Manhattan couple who abducted their eight children from foster care in 2011 now face charges they took more than $116,000 in child care subsidies and other benefits even though the children weren't living with them.

  The city's Department of Investigation says Shanel Nadal and her husband John Payne pocketed benefits for which they weren't eligible. Payne's brother is also charged.
 
All three were arrested late Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear if they were still in custody.
 
Authorities said Nadal slipped out of a supervised visit at a Queens foster care agency with her seven sons and infant daughter then left town with her husband. Police at the time identified him as Nephra Payne.
 
Nadal and Payne each got 60 days in jail for custodial interference.

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