Great Falls woman sentenced for welfare fraud

2011-12-29T19:15:00Z 2011-12-29T22:30:09Z Great Falls woman sentenced for welfare fraud The Billings Gazette
December 29, 2011 7:15 pm

GREAT FALLS — A Great Falls woman faces more than two years in prison and was ordered to pay more than $115,000 in restitution for fraud involving food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid and disability benefits to which she wasn't entitled.

The U.S. attorney's office said Shannon Lee Pitzer was sentenced Thursday to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors allege that Pitzer received benefits from January 2006 through June 2011 while claiming that her husband did not live with her. However, an investigation found that he was living with her and was working for a local contractor or receiving unemployment benefits when he was out of work.

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