Michigan Lottery Winner Charged With Welfare Fraud

There’s been another development in the saga of the Michigan woman who won $1 million in the lottery but continued to collect food stamps. The state’s attorney general announced today that the woman had been charged with welfare fraud.

According to authorities, the woman collected a total of $5,475 in public assistance between Aug. 2011 and March 2012, when the state read about her story and pulled her benefits.

She’s been accused of failing to inform welfare officials of her winnings. The state alleges she also continued to mention that she was employed for five months in 2011 but continued to receive benefits.

If found guilty, each charge could result in up to four years in prison.

Michigan lottery winner charged with welfare fraud [USA Today]