BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Attorney General’s Office says a former social services employee has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing almost $417,000 in welfare funds.
Joyce Flowers, 41, was also ordered to pay more than $374,000 in restitution at sentencing Tuesday.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Cooler & Sunny, But Cloudy Skies On The Way
Prosecutors say over a 14-month period, Flowers created fake welfare recipients in the Baltimore Department of Social Services computer system and stole cash and food stamps.READ MORE: Teens, 14 & 15, Shot Outside East Baltimore Gas Station
Officials say she traded the funds for computers, televisions, cruises, a BMW and jewelry.MORE NEWS: Hogan Calls On Franchot To 'Halt Or Minimalize' Pending Gas Tax Increase; Comptroller Says Executive Action Is Needed
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