- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The mayor of the small Arizona town of Guadalupe has been ordered to pay nearly $5,500 in restitution in a food stamp fraud case.

Rebecca Jimenez was sentenced Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court to an unspecified span of unsupervised probation and must reimburse the Arizona Department of Economic Security up to $5,000 for investigative costs.

DES officials say Jimenez received food stamp benefits between July 2011 and February 2013 despite being employed, living with the father of her children and “earning a significant salary.”

She also was accused of submitting false documents to the Family Assistance Administration.

DES officials say Jimenez was indicted by a state grand jury in October 2014 and accepted a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a forgery device.

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