Law & Order

Modesto man, woman convicted of welfare fraud

August 14, 2008 

Two Modestans were convicted recently of welfare fraud, according to statements from the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.

Kenneth Eurdean Hopper III, 40, applied for food stamps even though a felony conviction disqualified him from receiving such aid. He was sentenced to one year in jail after he pleaded no contest to welfare fraud, a felony, and being under the influence of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

Feleni F. Leota, 32, applied for cash aid and food stamps even though she worked two jobs, earning $19,000 annually. She was sentenced to 240 hours of community service after she pleaded no contest to felony welfare fraud.

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