Woman, mother sentenced for $250K fraud against USDA


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say a woman and her mother have been sentenced for their roles in defrauding a federal program that provides meals for children in the summer.

Forty-one-year-old Cindy Hall of Monroe, North Carolina, and her mother, 61-year-old Stephanie Almond of Franklin, Virginia, were sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Norfolk, Virginia, Hall was sentenced to 15 months in prison and Almond was sentenced to a year. Both were ordered to pay restitution of nearly $250,000.

According to court documents, Hall and Almond operated separate non-profits and submitted fraudulent claims to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Prosecutors say those claims were made for the Summer Food Service Program, which feeds children when free school lunches are not available.

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