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Nevada couple sentenced in Oregon welfare fraud case

Nevada couple sentenced in Oregon welfare fraud case

CREATED May. 17, 2013

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon judge has sentenced a Nevada couple who received $229,000 in unjustified payments from state and county agencies and an insurance company.

The Oregonian says Lakisha Muhammad was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison while her husband, Donte Muhammad, received a three-year sentence.

Clackamas County Circuit Judge Douglas Van Dyk also ordered them to repay the money.

The welfare fraud case prompted an internal investigation by the state Department of Human Services. The couple managed to buy a Las Vegas home in a gated community.

The Muhammads pleaded guilty in April to felony charges of racketeering, making false claims for health-care payments and first-degree aggravated theft.

According to court documents, the Muhammads received Oregon housing, welfare, food stamps and other assistance at several Portland-area addresses before moving to Nevada.

The judge ordered the couple to pay $211,000 to Human Services, more than $8,000 to the Housing Authority of Washington County and $10,000 to an insurance company.

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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