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* Maria Rojas sent to jail for welfare fraud in Salinas

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A 38-year-old Salinas woman was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in county jail and felony probation for obtaining public assistance by concealing her full-time job and income, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Maria Rojas received the sentence after she pleaded guilty to the perjury charge. She was receiving aid through the Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services between July 2005 and October 2008, receiving a total of $14,453 in cash and $12,768 in food stamps that she should not have received based on her income. Along with the jail time and probation, Rojas was ordered to pay $24,316 in restitution to the department, according to the district attorney’s office. Under state law, people applying for public assistance must accurately report all income and employment under penalty of perjury.

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