State Rep. indicted on welfare fraud allegations

NASHUA – The grand jury for the March term of Hillsborough County Superior Court South has handed up two felony indictments against John Manning, a state representative from Salem, accusing him of fraudulently collecting more than $12,000 in state welfare benefits.

Manning, 65, a Salem Republican and member of the Live Free or Die Alliance, faces two counts of public assistance – prohibited acts, which stem from allegations he “intentionally made false statements to the state Department of Health and Human Services … resulting in the receipt of assistance benefits” totaling roughly $12,640, “to which he was not entitled,” according to one of the indictments.

Specifically, Manning, between March 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, allegedly stated that his niece, Gabrielle Wojtyna, was a member of his household “when in fact she was not residing in the home,” the indictment states.

The other indictment

alleges Manning “intentionally failed to disclose” that his son, Stephen Manning, was employed by John Manning’s Salem restaurant, which led to the elder Manning receiving in June and July 2015 roughly $714 in benefits to which he wasn’t

entitled.

His arraignment is scheduled for April 13 in the Nashua court.

Manning, of 36 MacLarnon Road, Salem, served two terms in the House from 2002-2006, and, after being elected again in 2010, is now in his fifth consecutive term.

He is a current member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the group of legislators whose responsibilities include overseeing the state treasury.

According to Manning’s bio on the House website, he is single and has eight children. He owns the Rockingham Cafe in Salem and also is a horse trainer.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.