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Welfare Mom Faces Criminal Charges After Winning Lottery
detroit.cbslocal. ^ | April 17, 2012 9:50 AM

Posted on 04/17/2012 8:08:53 AM PDT by dennisw

A Lincoln Park mom who continued to receive food stamps after winning a $1 million lottery prize has been charged with two felony counts of welfare fraud after failing to report her winnings to the state.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said 25-year-old Amanda Clayton is facing two counts of Welfare Fraud – Failure to Inform, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. The charges were filed Tuesday in Lincoln Park’s 25th District Court.

Schuette said investigation revealed that Clayton received public assistance from August 2010 through March 2012, but was employed from June 2011 through October 2011. It’s alleged that income from Clayton’s employment during that time period was never reported to Department of Human Services officials, as required by state law.

Additionally, on September 12, 2011, Clayton won a $1 million jackpot in the “Make Me Rich!” game show sponsored by the Michigan Lottery. It is alleged Clayton also failed to report the lottery winnings as income.

Schuette said as a result, from August 2011 through March 2012, Clayton allegedly collected approximately $5,475 in food and medical assistance benefits for which she would otherwise have been ineligible.

The mother of two was removed from the state’s food assistance program after her story became widely publicized in March. She had been receiving about $200 a month in food

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1 posted on 04/17/2012 8:08:56 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/1m-lottery-winners-food-stamps-yanked-after-story-goes-viral/

 

2 posted on 04/17/2012 8:10:08 AM PDT by dennisw
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3 posted on 04/17/2012 8:10:27 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dennisw
Give her ten years...and a one million dollar fine.That’ll be a message to *all* welfare blood suckers.
4 posted on 04/17/2012 8:11:28 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: dennisw

5 posted on 04/17/2012 8:17:31 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1/21/2009)
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To: dennisw

She certainly deserves the maximum sentence. In the original TV interview, she was absolutely indignant that she had done anything wrong and that she deserved every penny of that food stamp check.

But it will be a slap on the wrist, as it’s her “first offense”. A piddling fine, something in the order of a week’s worth of the interest on her lottery winnings, and “probation”, i.e., a warning that if she’s ever again on food stamps and wins another multi-million dollar lottery, she will eventually inform the state.


6 posted on 04/17/2012 8:18:00 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: dennisw

I find her comments indicative of the society of sheeple in which we live.

“I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn’t, I thought maybe it was okay because I’m not working … I feel that it’s okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay. I have two houses … It’s just hard, you know. I’m struggling,” she told WDIV.


7 posted on 04/17/2012 8:21:28 AM PDT by Dryman (Define Natural Born Citizen)
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To: jiggyboy
she was absolutely indignant that she had done anything wrong and that she deserved every penny of that food stamp check.

And what part of "entitlement" don't you understand?

8 posted on 04/17/2012 8:21:43 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: dennisw

Irony can be so ironic sometimes.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 8:24:04 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: jiggyboy

I bet she has/does a lot of things that most of us would consider luxuries, even before her lottery win.

We have to pay for her necessities so she can spend on her wants.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 8:24:12 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: dennisw

Big deal, they caught one useless eater. She will be fined and hit the streets to enjoy her winnings. She should be in prison for 10 years but I don’t see that happening.

Now, if they did something about illegals getting welfare I would be excited. They have been raping this country for years with liberal approval.


11 posted on 04/17/2012 8:25:42 AM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: immadashell

Speaking of entitlements, I had one at my register yesterday trying to use her card and it wouldn’t work. I kept telling her it wasn’t being accepted and she kept trying. She called the service and it told her she had $125.00 but the account read zero on my machine (the money wasn’t available yet). She was beyond angry and I called a manager over and she was angry. The manager told her that the account read zero and this fool had a temper tantrum, reached in her purse and pulled out a fifty dollar bill to pay.

She stomped off and it took every bit of strength I had not to slap her face. The customers behind her were livid at her. I told one angry woman that that person was a creation of the liberal feel good entitlement program. She agreed. I face this trash every day. It wears me out!


12 posted on 04/17/2012 8:36:45 AM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: mardi59
The manager told her that the account read zero and this fool had a temper tantrum, reached in her purse and pulled out a fifty dollar bill to pay.

That $50 was supposed to buy her a carton of Newports.

13 posted on 04/17/2012 8:42:54 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: mardi59

Liberals have destroyed the character of a huge group of people in order to feel good about themselves as “good people” who “care”.

When I pointed out to a lib how leftist welfare policies have completely destroyed the black family structure, she looked as if I HAD slapped her.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 8:47:29 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Drew68

Well, her hair and nails were done, but she looked more like the Marlboro type. I guess I took her fashionista allowance.


15 posted on 04/17/2012 8:47:42 AM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: MrB

It allows them to feel good while the rest of us pay so they can do so. The whole thing makes me sick.

Maybe we should start a “slap a liberal day” so we can ALL feel good. :)


16 posted on 04/17/2012 8:51:17 AM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: dennisw

Wouldn’t you just know something like this would win the lottery?


17 posted on 04/17/2012 8:52:41 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08
Wouldn’t you just know something like this would win the lottery?

In general, dumb people win the lottery, because a large number of smart people know not to play.

18 posted on 04/17/2012 9:03:19 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too... @Onelifetogive)
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To: dennisw

I’m sure she feels entitled to public assistance.

I’m sure she feels that the million dollar prize is hers to spend as she wants, while the taxpayers are supposed to feed her and give her benefits. She can’t be expected to dip into the million to pay ongoing everyday expenses, can she??? (sarcasm)

What kind of attorney does she have? I can’t believe she could end up in prison. Pay the dam fine, pay restitution, settle this case. I’m sure something can be worked out so she doesn’t lose her freedom.


19 posted on 04/17/2012 9:07:06 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: dennisw

Greed and Stupidity are very close cousins. In this case, it appears as if they’ve inbred.


20 posted on 04/17/2012 9:07:35 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: dennisw

It is strange to me that she is immediately described as a “Lincoln Park mom.”

If she were a man with kids, would he be described as a “Lincoln Park dad?”

I think they’d just say, “A Lincoln Park man.”


21 posted on 04/17/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: dennisw
“I feel that it’s okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay,” she added. “I have two houses.”

TWO houses? Why isn't she renting one of those out, in order to provide herself with income?

22 posted on 04/17/2012 9:18:35 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: dennisw
If anyone is wealthy enough to afford lotto tickets, they are too wealthy for taxpayer assistance.

The way I see it, taxpayers purchased that ticket, so the entire 1,000,000 should belong to the taxpayers.

23 posted on 04/17/2012 9:22:49 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: SuziQ

I wonder if she has zero money management knowledge?

I wonder if she has boyfriend(s) who have taken advantage of her?

I wonder lots of things, but, I would guess that she doesn’t understand how to rent out property, make it a business property, all of that, in order to generate income from investing her money.

I have heard that some lottery winners have ended up broke years later.

I have heard the same of some professional athletes who earned millions, and who theoretically will not have money problems for the rest of their lives, if they had managed their money wisely.


24 posted on 04/17/2012 9:31:01 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Persevero

She’s a Lincoln Park mom. Nowadays, I’m afraid to ask where her husband is.


25 posted on 04/17/2012 9:32:35 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: dennisw

Guilty. Because she hit the lottery and stayed on welfare..Guilty for execution. On second thought..just guilty for execution.


26 posted on 04/17/2012 9:54:46 AM PDT by Safetgiver (The predator class is upset because they are being shot.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I have heard that some lottery winners have ended up broke years later....I can tell you horror stories about this from people I know or have been associated with. For instance the couple in Franklin, Pa who won a couple of million got a Corvette from a dealer (who had read about it in the paper), Got four speeding tickets trying to go 325 miles to Harrisburg area and years later ended up going to court where the judge took the money and put them on an allowance. The guy in Erie, Pa who won a few million and within fifteen months, couldn’t pay his taxes from gambling sports online. Also, I knew of a nice lady who lost her husband in VN, who accepted welfare, help from us veterans who knew her husband and the local American Legion who won a lot of money (not millions) and went to the welfare office to pay it back. They didn’t want it.


27 posted on 04/17/2012 10:08:59 AM PDT by Safetgiver (The predator class is upset because they are being shot.)
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A Lincoln Park mom who continued to receive food stamps after winning a $1 million lottery prize has been charged with two felony counts of welfare fraud after failing to report her winnings to the state.

Anyone winning a lottery that has been funded by "the government" should lose 90 percent of their winnings automatically.

28 posted on 04/17/2012 10:15:52 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Dryman
wait ... WHAT???

I feel that it’s okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay. I have two houses

TWO houses???? She's on welfare, and has TWO houses?

Seriously ...

WTF?

29 posted on 04/17/2012 10:21:38 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: dennisw
Wonder when Attorney General Bill Schuette is going to go after the Too Big To Prosecute banks over mortgage & mortgage document fraud?

Maybe Amanda Clayton should have become a Big Bank - then she would have gotten a small fine, and NO felony charges...

30 posted on 04/17/2012 10:24:25 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: ArrogantBustard

As I said, indicative of the sheeple mindset.

The Majority of citizens, not just those natural born, have no clue about entitlements and view them as “found” money.

Extremely concerning.

At least in Michigan, the call it “BRIDGE”. Not just EBT as here in Missouri.

(Electronic BENEFITS transfer, What is up with that? Benefit? REALLY?)


31 posted on 04/17/2012 10:34:48 AM PDT by Dryman (Define Natural Born Citizen)
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To: kiryandil
Bill Schuette is the Attorney General up there? I went to high school, played football and baseball, and graduated with Bill Schuette at Dow High in 1972.

And he's now the Attorney General? Man, that's a scary thought ...

32 posted on 04/17/2012 10:39:05 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full" (Sulla))
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To: kiryandil
Bill Schuette is the Attorney General up there? I went to high school, played football and baseball, and graduated with Bill Schuette at Dow High in 1972.

And he's now the Attorney General? Man, that's a scary thought ...

33 posted on 04/17/2012 10:41:11 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full" (Sulla))
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To: BlueLancer

Yes, that was actually a two-post scary thought ...


34 posted on 04/17/2012 10:42:20 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full" (Sulla))
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To: dennisw
I remember an article in Forbes that stated that if the Feds could cut 1 out of every 10 dollars it spent, we could pay off the national debt in 5 years.

An article on CNN stated that 20+% of our tax dollars were wasted and lost to fraud and abuse.

Since 10% is less than 20%, I think I see what the primary reason for the national debt is.

WASTE!!!

The question is why the idiots in Washington don't address it?

They could pay off the debt without cuts to vital programs and everyone on both sides of the spectrum would get what they wanted. Are they just afraid to do something about people like this or just too lazy?

35 posted on 04/17/2012 11:00:04 AM PDT by Carbonsteel
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