Woman Sentenced On Benefits Fraud Charges in Maine

(Information in the following story is from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/ )

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A woman who once lived in Maine has been sentenced to serve 20 months in prison for illegally obtaining more than $80,000 in state benefits.

Lori Boutot, who once lived in Oakland and who now lives in Stratford, Conn., was also sentenced Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution.

She pleaded guilty in April to theft by insurance deception, aggravated forgery and unsworn falsification.

Prosecutors say over a 4 1/2 -year period, the 30-uear-old Boutot submitted 42 forged documents claiming she was attending college to get food stamp and other welfare benefits.

The Kennebec Journal reports that her lawyer argued for a lighter sentence, saying she has no prior record and is remorseful.

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