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Woman to repay state $53,000 for welfare fraud

By Juliette Laaka | Jul 28, 2016

Rockland — A 42-year-old Jefferson woman was sentenced to serve six months in jail for bilking state welfare programs of $53,000.

Kelly Mann was indicted in April for theft by deception and two counts of unsworn falsification for lying on applications for state welfare programs MaineCare and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, commonly known as food stamps, from August 2007 to July 2015.

The full sentence is four years in prison, with all but six  months suspended. Mann will also be placed on probation for three years following her release from custody. She is also ordered to repay the money to the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the state, Mann was not reporting to the Department of Health and Human Services that her husband was living with her and contributing to household income.

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