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Crown Point woman gets community service sentence, probation for theft charge

Updated: April 27, 2014 6:27AM



A Crown Point woman accused of receiving more public assistance than she was entitled to was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and placed on probation for 18 months.

Lakesha Garcia, 35, of the 8100 block of Mount Court, admitted she failed to inform the Family and Social Services Administration that her husband, Francisco Garcia, was living with her and her children between May 2007 and February 2012 and that he worked at four or five different places in that span.

Had she informed the agency of her living situation, Garcia might not have been eligible for some of the public assistance she received, she admitted.

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray handed down the sentence for the theft charge. Garcia had faced two to eight years in prison on the original charge of welfare fraud, which was dismissed.



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