- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A 51-year-old Franklinton woman who has a doctorate degree and runs a private consulting firm has been found guilty of felony theft for fraudulently collecting more than $15,000 in food stamps and child care assistance.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1OCyAJF ) Kera E. Moseley was found guilty Wednesday and state District Judge Martin E. Coady handed down a suspended two-year sentence, pending her completion of two years of probation.

Moseley’s firm had contracts with several state agencies.

Moseley first applied in 2011 to receive food and childcare benefits but was denied after it showed she was self-employed and her income exceeded the program’s guidelines.

But when she reapplied the following year, Moseley did not list her employment and began collecting the benefits, according to a news release from District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s office.

During the December trial, state workers testified that Moseley repeatedly called to check on her benefits and abruptly corrected them that her title was “Dr.” Moseley, when they used only her first name or called her Mrs. Moseley, the news release said.

An investigation later revealed that Moseley fraudulently collected $11,954 in SNAP benefits and another $3,477 from the Child Care Assistance Program, the district attorney’s office reported.

Moseley twice refused an offer from the district attorney’s office to participate in its Pre-trial Intervention Program, according to the news release. The diversion program enables eligible first-time, non-violent offenders to avoid prosecution by following a set of conditions aimed at deterring future criminal behavior.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com


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