MIAMI (AP) - A former supervisor at the Department of Children &
Families has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading
guilty to stealing more than $1.5 million from the state welfare
Violet Jones, who was sentenced Thursday, originally pleaded not
guilty to charges including grand theft, but later admitted to the
Police say Jones was able to cover up money transfers she made
to electronic cards linked to accounts for welfare recipients. She
approved cash payments on 1,725 separate occasions, sometimes as
often as four a day.
Authorities say she bought two Lexus vehicles and gambled at
local casinos with the money.
A judge says Jones, 42, must pay $1 million in fines and another
$1.5 million in restitution to the state.