Coffee County Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Welfare Benefits

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) - A Coffee County woman was given a
suspended sentence in exchange for a guilty plea that she stole
more than $11,000 in welfare benefits.

The state Attorney General's Office said Judy Calhoun Thomas was placed on probation after entering a plea deal this week to 25 counts that included stealing welfare benefits, possession of forged documents, and forging a judge's signature.

Prosecutors said Thomas stole the money over a five-year period ending in 2005. A judge ordered her to repay the money.

The AG said similar cases involving welfare fraud are pending in almost three dozen counties.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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