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12th person sentenced in food program fraud


The U.S. attorney's office has convicted all the people originally indicted in a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme using federal money distributed by the state Human Services Department to pay for meals for poor children.

With the help of DHS insiders, bogus feeding programs were set up and reimbursed to the tune of some $11 million. The investigation continues, the government said.

Thursday.  Anthony Waits, 38, of England, was sentenced to more than 14 years for his role in stealing about $3.3 million. Waits recruited sponsors of feeding programs and they were required to kick back to him 40 percent of their illicit take. His wife, Gladys, worked at DHS. She screened food program sponsors. The government said she also received bribe payments. She got a nine-year sentence.

Waits was the 12th person to be sentenced.  Three others await sentencing.

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