facebook
twitter
search
search

Ill. state worker jailed in fraud case

June 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

CHICAGO, June 12 (UPI) -- An Illinois government employee was sent to jail for 30 days for lying about the existence of triplets to garner extra food benefits for a boyfriend.

Ebony Martin, a caseworker in the state Department of Human Services' office in the Chicago suburb of Villa Park who pleaded guilty to felony theft of government services, also was ordered to pay a $21,000 fine at her sentencing Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

She was charged this year with theft, official misconduct and state benefit fraud for creating a false file for her boyfriend, Keith Jones, which made it appear as though he had triplets so he would be awarded more state benefits for a year.

Jones has been charged with felony theft and state benefit fraud. He is still at large.

Martin was placed on paid administrative leave when she was arrested, and the Sun-Times reported she is expected to be fired.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Texas man killed in apparent alligator attack
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Police arrest N.C. soldier with assault rifle headed to mall photo shoot
North Korean biochemical weapons researcher defects to Europe
Four accused in slave-labor trafficking ring on Ohio egg farm