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Hartselle woman pleads guilty, gets probation in welfare case

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

A Hartselle woman pleaded guilty this week in Morgan County Circuit Court to second-degree theft of property involving welfare benefits.

The state attorney general's office prosecuted the case against Latasha Muhammad.

A judge sentenced the 32-year-old woman to one year and a day in prison, but suspended the sentence and placed her on probation for five years.

The case involved $5,823 in benefits from the Morgan County Department of Human Resources, according to the attorney general's office.

The judge ordered Muhammad to pay the full amount for restitution.

"Accountability in state government begins with being a good steward of taxpayers' funds," said Attorney General Troy King.

"When people lie to receive welfare benefits to which they are not entitled they are committing a crime against the state, the taxpaying public and those who are truly deserving of welfare benefits."

King commended Assistant Attorney General Ferris Stephens for prosecuting the case.

The case against Muhammad is one of several throughout the state, according to King's office. Prosecution of cases in 31 other counties, including Lawrence, Madison, Marshall and Colbert are pending.

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