Alabama woman admits filing false victim's claim

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Birmingham woman has pleaded guilty to
trying to steal victims compensation money.

State Attorney General Troy King says it appears to be the first
case prosecuted for providing false information to the Alabama
Crime Victims Compensation Commission with intent to defraud the

Meadow Rush pleaded guilty Monday in Montgomery to knowingly
providing false information to the commission and possessing a
forged death certificate.

King said Rush falsely claimed to be the wife of Julius Vance,
who was shot to death in Birmingham in 2005. She submitted an
altered death certificate to the commission and falsely claimed to
have paid more than $7,000 in funeral expenses.

Rush is scheduled for sentencing March 12. She could receive one
to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000 on each count.

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