On Tuesday Attorney General Troy King announced the conviction of a Luverne woman in Crenshaw County District Court for a charge of welfare fraud.
"When people lie to receive welfare benefits to which they are not entitled, they are commiting a crime against the State, the taxpaying public, and those who are truly deserving of welfare benefits," said Attorney General King. "I take seriously my responsibility as Attorney General to protect public funds on behalf of the people of Alabama and pledge to prosecute those who break the law by abusing the welfare system."
Betty Eady, 38, of Luverne, pleaded guilty September 6 to third-degree theft of property in the amount of $4,212. She was sentenced to one year of imprisonment, which was suspended, and placed on probation for two years. The court ordered her to pay full restitution to the State of Alabama.
The Attorney General commended Assistant Attorney General Ferris Stephens and Special Investigator Larry Chambers for their work in handling this case. Attorney General King also thanked the Department of Human Resources in Crenshaw County for its assistance in preparing information and referring the matter to the Attorney General's Office for review and appropriate action, noting in particular Lisa Syler, director of Crenshaw County Department of Human Resources.
Syler stated, "We appreciate the Attorney General's Office prosecuting these cases. We want the applicants to appreciate the importance of giving our agency accurate and truthful information."
The Crenshaw County case is part of a continuing statewide effort by Attorney General King to aggressively investigate and prosecute welfare fraud. Prosecutions are pending in approximately 35 counties, including Montgomery, Pike and Butler counties.