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Update: Lottery winner charged with welfare fraudPosted Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 3:04 PM
It is being reported that Amanda Clayton, whom I wrote a column about last month, is being arraigned for welfare fraud.
Clayton, you may remember, won a $1 million lottery prize, but continued using Michigan's food stamp program.
She's facing up to four years in prison, though I doubt she'll serve time.
The state Department of Human Services dropped Clayton from the program and said it was her responsibility to report her windfall within 10 days.
"It's simply common sense that million dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance," Attorney General Bill Schuette said. "We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to uphold state laws intended to ensure wise stewardship of taxpayer dollars."
The Michigan legislature passed a law that requires individuals who win $1,000 or more to report their winnings. DHS will then do an evaluation to decide if the person can continue to receive public assistance.
At least Michigan is taking steps to improve its welfare program. Hopefully the country as a whole will follow suit.
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