- Associated Press - Monday, February 22, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former New Mexico Human Services Department employee has been sentenced to 366 days in prison for defrauding the federal food stamp program.

Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Joseph Martin Padilla, of Albuquerque, also was ordered Monday to pay more than $181,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Padilla was one of six defendants charged with defrauding the Food Stamp Program in a 32-count indictment that was filed in August 2014.

The indictment alleged that between September 2009 to May 2010, Padilla conspired defraud the federal government through the unauthorized use of food stamp benefits.

He allegedly established and used more than two dozen fraudulent accounts to obtain benefits for himself and others.

Padilla pleaded guilty to two counts of the indictment last November.

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