Lottery winner charged with fraud after using food stamps despite $700K jackpot
POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 8:02am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Michigan lottery winner is facing welfare fraud charges after using food stamps after collecting a $700,000 jackpot.
Amanda Clayton was charged Tuesday with two counts of welfare fraud, each carrying the potential of four years in prison.
She was later released on a $1,000 cash bond and had no comment about the charges or what she did.
When her story first broke Clayton said she assumed the state would cut off her welfare payments after her win.
Clayton's mother defended her daughter, saying Amanda tried to report her winnings, but no one listened.
Amanda Clayton collected over $5,000 in food and medical assistance between August 2011 and March of this year.
Last week Michigan's governor signed into law a measure that gives the Department of Human Services the ability to verify a person's lottery winnings in determining welfare eligibility.