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Covington woman accused of fraudulently obtaining $55,000 in food stamps


COVINGTON, Louisiana — State authorities say a 38-year-old Covington woman is accused of fraudulently obtaining $55,000 in food stamps.

Authorities announced Thursday the arrest of Christine Kelley.

The sheriff's office says Kelley was arrested June 20 on a felony theft warrant.

She was booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail and released on bond the same day. Times-Picayune reports ( ) the arrest was made after a lengthy investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services into the food stamp benefits Kelley was receiving for her family.

Authorities say she is accused of falsifying her benefit application, stating she was divorced and not claiming her husband's income.

It was unclear whether Kelley has an attorney.

Information from: The Times-Picayune,

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