- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

STURGEON, Pa. (AP) - A southwestern Pennsylvania township commissioner has been charged with insurance fraud for allegedly producing fake receipts for food and board after her house caught fire.

Thirty-two-year-old Jessica Cardillo faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 7 on insurance fraud and conspiracy charges.

Cardillo, a Republican who serves on South Fayette Township’s board of commissioners, filed a claim after her home caught fire in June 2012.

According to the attorney general’s office, she lied about staying with a friend and fudged a $1,500 receipt for money she allegedly never paid the woman. Cardillo also submitted receipts for $388 worth of food she claimed to have bought at a deli - even though agents say the business was closed on a day she claimed she bought some food.

Cardillo’s defense attorney didn’t immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

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