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Jefferson City woman pleads in welfare fraud case

Jefferson City woman pleads in welfare fraud case

May 15th, 2019 in Local News

A Jefferson City woman has pleaded guilty to an amended charged in connection with a welfare fraud case.

Court documents show Casaundra Joyce Sanders-Gottfried, 32, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stealing during a hearing before Cole County Judge Dan Green.

In August 2017, prosecutors originally charged her with one count of unlawfully receiving public assistance benefits, but they later amended that charge.

Green placed Sanders-Gottfried on two years of unsupervised probation. She must also complete 40 hours of community service and pay restitution of $8,081.

Sanders-Gottfried did not report to state welfare officials that she was married and she received nearly $6,900 in food stamp benefits from August 2014 through October 2016.

Sanders-Gottfried also received health benefits from August through October 2014 and from January through April 2015 that, if she had reported she was married, would have required her to pay a premium to the state of $1,203.