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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Ardmore woman admits to fraud in receiving federal payments

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  • An Ardmore woman told a federal judge Friday she was guilty of lying to the Social Security Administration and taking federal funds to which she wasn’t entitled.
    Eastern District U.S. Attorney Mark S. Green said Allison Faith Battles pleaded guilty to making a false statement and theft of government funds during a court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly E. West. The judge accepted the guilty plea and ordered a presentence report. Sentencing in the case will be set following the judge’s receipt of the report.
    Battles was indicted a month ago. The indictment accused the 29-year-old woman between July 2009 and April 2012 of “knowingly make and cause to be made a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement” and “willfully and knowingly embezzle, steal and convert to her own use money and things of value from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.” The charges surrounded food stamps and medical benefits in excess of $1,000. The benefits were federal funds DHS paid to Battles and she accepted while knowing she was not entitled to them.
    Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Wilson prosecuted the case against Battles, who faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.
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