September 20, 2017
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Clinton woman gets 9 months for stealing almost $47,000 in welfare benefits

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Clinton woman will serve nine months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $47,000 in welfare benefits over five years.

The Kennebec Journal said 32-year-old Theresa Rice-Goodrich was sentenced Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to three years in prison, with all but nine months and one day suspended, and two years of probation. She had pleaded guilty to theft by deception and unsworn falsification.

Court records said Rice-Goodrich misrepresented that her three children lived with her from January 2006 through August 2011 in order to benefit from the Temporary Aid to Needy Families and food stamp programs. Rice-Goodrich admitted to the judge that the children lived with other relatives during that time except for three months in 2010.

Rice-Goodrich was ordered to pay restitution of $46,394.

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