- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine woman has pleaded not guilty to defrauding state-run welfare programs of more than $250,000.

Robin Snell of Warren entered the plea in court Monday to charges of theft by deception and aggravated forgery. She remains free on bail.

Authorities say the 44-year-old Snell told the state Department of Health and Human Services that her husband wasn’t living at home and wasn’t contributing to the household’s income.

The September indictment alleges that Snell received benefits from several programs including SNAP and Temporary Aid to Needy Families over an 11-year period. It says Snell defrauded the state of more than $250,000 over that period.

WCSH-TV reports that Snell’s lawyer says the claim she took $250,000 in benefits is “preposterous.” Snell says she did receive benefits, but it was all legal.

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