Fitchburg Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing Public Assistance Benefits

By David Zapata – On Friday at the U.S. District Court in Worcester, Rhonda Bernal, 62, of Fitchburg pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of public funds and two counts of making false statements. For more than eight years, Bernal stole $71,462 in Social Security benefits, $6,444 in MassHealth benefits and $13,505 in SNAP…