Modesto man, woman convicted of welfare fraud

08/14/2008 4:31 AM

08/14/2008 10:05 AM

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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