- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A 76-year-old Medford woman accused of using multiple identities to steal more than $190,000 worth of public assistance for more than a decade has been sentenced to five years of probation.

The Mail Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2aAQH8F ) that Edubigen Gonzalez was sentenced in federal court Thursday and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. She had pleaded guilty to theft of government funds in April.

Prosecutors say Gonzalez used two additional identities, one created in 1981 and one in 1996, to illegally collect Social Security, food stamps and medical benefits from 2002 to 2014.

Gonzalez told the judge she stole the money because she was jobless and had to support nine child and grandchildren by herself.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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