Michigan lotto winner facing welfare fraud charges
Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:57:07 GMT —
A Michigan lottery winner who was still on welfare is now charged with fraud.
25-year-old Amanda Clayton is accused of collecting thousands of dollars in state assistance for months, after winning $1 million in the Michigan Lottery last October.
An investigation revealed Clayton not only failed to report her lottery winnings as required by state law, she also collected more than $5,000 in food and medical benefits.
When asked if she had the right to the public assistance money, Clayton said, quote, "I kind of do. I have no income, and I have bills to pay. I have two houses."
As a result, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed two new bills last week blocking lottery winners from receiving government benefits.
Clayton's lawyer says his client plans to fight the charges and hopes to have them dismissed at a court hearing later this month.
If convicted of two counts of welfare fraud, Clayton could be sentenced up to 4 years in prison.
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