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Man gets 10 years for food stamp fraud

MONTGOMERY — A Somerville man found guilty of stealing food stamp benefits was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

James Shea, 58, had pleaded guilty Thursday in Morgan County Circuit Court to the second-degree theft.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King said Shea misrepresented his household income and resources.

King said Shea was sentenced as a habitual offender because of previous felony convictions related to the distribution of drugs. Shea was sentenced to serve 10 years without probation and pay restitution.

King said welfare fraud prosecutions involving other individuals are pending in 36 counties.

Seth Burkett

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