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Woman receives probation in food stamp fraud case

A Lincoln County woman was sentenced to a year of probationafter pleading guilty to food stamp fraud, said officials with theMississippi Department of Human Services.

Betty L. Burnett, 44, of 229 Avalon St., also was ordered byJustice Court Judge Ralph Boone to pay $3,668 in restitution and$260.50 in fines. Burnett pleaded guilty and was sentenced on July8, MDHS officials said.

“These arrests will continue as MDHS strives to seek out thosewho wish to steal from Mississippi’s taxpayers,’ said Julia Bryan,MDHS public information officer.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by theMDHS’ Office of Fraud Investigations in making the arrest.

The state office is charged with detection, investigation andverification of alleged fraud in federal public assistance programsadministered by MDHS. During State Fiscal Year 2007, the officehandled 2,681 suspected program violations and recovered$1,703,452.