Michigan woman arrested for welfare fraud after lottery win

04/18/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // justicenews // Justice News Flash

Michigan – A Michigan woman, whose admittance of continuing to receive government aid after winning $1 million in the state lottery sparked controversy, has been charged with welfare fraud. As reported by ABC News, 25 year old Amanda Clayton was arrested Monday after allegedly failing to report her employment or the fact that she had won the substantial monetary prize while collecting over $5,000 in medical and public food assistance.

The state reportedly cut Clayton’s assistance last month, after a news report in which she acknowledged she received the food aid after her win was aired.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is quoted in the report as asserting in a statement regarding the case, “It’s simply common sense that million dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance… We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to uphold state laws intended to ensure wise stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”

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