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.

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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.

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Officials say she traded the funds for computers, televisions, cruises, a BMW and jewelry.

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