Kalispell woman pleads guilty to food stamp fraud

2012-12-11T09:33:00Z 2012-12-12T15:59:06Z Kalispell woman pleads guilty to food stamp fraudThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 11, 2012 9:33 am  • 

MISSOULA — A 38-year-old Kalispell woman has pleaded guilty to repeatedly defrauding federal programs designed to aid low-income families.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Wendy Renee Houser-Bond pleaded guilty on Dec. 6 to theft of federal property by fraud after receiving nearly $41,000 in food stamps and other benefits to which she was not entitled. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy of Missoula scheduled sentencing for March 20.

Prosecutors say Houser-Bond underreported her family's income from September 2002 through December 2008 and obtained more than $29,000 in food aid to which she was not entitled.

Court records say she and her family illegally collected more than $10,000 in welfare benefits in Washington state from September 2010 through May 2011 and another $1,700 in Montana from June 2011 until May 2012.

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