LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The mother of the boy who alleged Michael Jackson molested him has pleaded no contest to one count of welfare fraud in California and will bypass jail time.
Janet Arvizo has agreed to pay more than $8,600 in restitution to Los Angeles County, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
The 38-year-old had faced the possibility of more than seven years in prison for failing to disclose when applying for welfare that she had been paid tens of thousands of dollars from a civil lawsuit.
Arvizo will be sentenced in Los Angeles County Supreme Court on April 27.
She will also have to perform 150 hours of community service on top of the restitution she must pay. Arvizo's lawyer, Patricia Hattersley, said her client took the deal because she has remarried and plans to move to Georgia at the end of the month, the Times said.
Jackson was acquitted in June of 2005 on charges that he molested Arvizo's son at his Neverland Ranch in 2003.