DETROIT - A woman who collected welfare benefits despite winning a big lottery prize pleaded no contest to fraud Thursday and likely will be sentenced to probation.
Lawyers for Amanda Clayton were disappointed that state prosecutors would not settle the case without a felony charge. "Ambitions often get in the way of good justice," Todd Flood told the Associated Press outside court.
There is no dispute that Clayton, 24, of Lincoln Park, collected about $5,500 in food aid and medical benefits after winning a $735,000 lottery prize, before taxes, last year. After Clayton was confronted by TV station WDIV, the state charged her with fraud and said she should have informed the Department of Human Services about her windfall.