14 convicted of welfare fraud in Stanislaus County

Fourteen people were convicted of welfare fraud or closely related crimes during September in Stanislaus County, District Attorney Birgit Fladager reported.

Ten people entered pleas to felony charges and four pleaded to misdemeanor charges, Fladager said. The defendants applied for Cash Aid, Food Stamps or Child Care benefits for which they were not eligible.

One defendant was sentenced to state prison, a few were sent to jail and several were sentenced to doing community service. Most were put on probation.

The defendants in total defrauded the Community Services Agency of $111,000, Fladager said.