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Concord woman pleads guilty to taking $250,000 in federal benefits



Last modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013
A Concord woman has pleaded guilty to using false information to get more than $250,000 from U.S. government programs.

Fifty-four-year-old Betty Dugan admitted to reporting that her husband was not a member of her household and did not contribute any income when, in fact, he was. His salary ranged from $69,000 to $89,000.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said Dugan received benefits from the Social Security Administrations’ Supplemental Income program; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 Housing program; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Stamp program; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Financial Assistance to Needy Families and Aid to Permanently Disabled Persons programs.

Dugan is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 21, 2014.