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Nov 7, 2013 3:30 PM by Tony Spehar

Jail terms in Mesa County welfare case

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A former Mesa County Department of Human Services caseworker and her husband have been sentenced to jail terms for welfare fraud.

Venica Padilla was sentenced to 30 days in the Mesa County jail, while her husband, Tony Padilla Jr., was given a 90-day sentence on Wednesday.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Padillas were charged in 2011 with defrauding an adoption subsidy program of more than $53,000 by claiming they were financially supporting two adopted daughters between September 2003 and November 2009. Investigators determined the girls were not living in their home.

Tony Padilla received a longer jail sentence because he had been convicted of four prior felonies.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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