Brunswick woman jailed, ordered to pay $60,000 restitution for benefits fraud

Posted Dec. 12, 2011, at 5:52 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:11 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A local woman was sentenced to prison time Monday for stealing food stamps and child care reimbursement benefits, according to Maine Attorney General William Schneider.

Sarah E. Fairbanks, 40, was convicted on Nov. 30 on one count of Class B theft and two counts of unsworn falsification for providing false information to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in order to obtain welfare benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Child Care Development Fund Voucher Program, according to a press release.

In Cumberland County Superior Court on Monday, Fairbanks was sentenced to five years in prison with all but 13 months suspended, followed by three years of probation. She also was ordered to pay restitution of $59,816.38.

“The successful result in this case is due to the focused and effective partnership between DHHS and our prosecutors,” said Schneider in a press release. “We are committed to working together to ensure accountability for the proper use of our limited resources.

The case was investigated by the Maine DHHS Fraud Investigation and Recovery Unit and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Peter Black for the attorney general’s criminal division.

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