- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - The Garfield County District Attorney’s Office has reached a plea deal with a woman accused in one of the county’s largest welfare fraud cases.

The DA says Carbondale resident Idalia Munoz-Morales agreed to plead guilty in a case involving falsified applications for welfare programs like food stamps, Medicaid and burial assistance in order to receive more than $56,000 in benefits for which she was ineligible.

According to the Aspen Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/l8vakjv ), Munoz-Morales was charged with nine felonies, including four counts of theft and five counts of forgery, but under the plea agreement she will only plead guilty to one count of felony theft. The crime carries a sentence of two to six years in prison, but prosecutors are recommending probation.

Munoz-Morales could not be reached for comment on Friday.

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Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com