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FIRST ON 5 NEWS: Lena Lunsford Sentenced in Federal Court for Food Stamp Fraud
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 22, 2012 @ 11:43PM
Created on May 22, 2012 @ 6:10PM
On Tuesday, the mother of missing 3-year old Aliayah Lunsford was sentenced in a federal courtroom in Elkins for selling her family's food stamps.
 
Lena Lunsford will spend 8 months in prison followed by one year's worth of probation when she's released.
 
Lunsford pleaded guilty in January to selling $114 of her SNAP benefits in exchange for $50 cash.
 
She's also required to pay restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Food and Nutrition Service.
 
She was indicted in October when she was accused of selling those benefits for cash five times in a two month span. 
 
Her sentence is set to start June 28th.
 
He daughter, Aliayah, has been missing for nearly eight months after she disappeared from their home in Lewis County.  No suspects have been named, and no arrests have been made in the case.

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May 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM
It's about time that someone is held accountable for cheating the system, even if it was only for $50. The rest of us get up every day and go to work, whether we have children at home or not! We send them to daycare or leave them with a trustworthy individual! We don't live off the state and then try to cheat the hand that is feeding us....literally! Now, if I have been mis-informed and this woman was also working, then I will retract that part of my statement...just sayin!
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