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Aug 19, 2010 9:33 PM by Alison Haynes

State worker pleads guilty in disaster food case

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 50-year-old woman accused of
fraudulently obtaining and using disaster in a lot of trouble.
Conand friends after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike,
has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of government money.
Teresa Hawkins, of Baldwin, is the former parish manager of the
Office of Family Support in St. Mary Parish. U.S. Attorney
Stephanie Finley says Hawkins, who pleaded guilty Thursday, faces
up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.
A sentencing date has not been set.
Hawkins was one of 13 women charged late last year in a 57-count
indictment involving the theft of more than $50,000 in federal food
stamp benefits from 2005 to 2008.

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