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Woman pleads guilty to scamming federal programs out of $250,000

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A New Hampshire woman pleaded guilty Thursday to lying on application forms for five different government programs intended for the poor and disabled, cheating taxpayers out of more than $250,000, according to the Department of Justice.

Betty Dugan, a 54-year-old woman from Concord, N.H., admitted she gave false information about her income to get money from the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Income program, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 Housing program, the Department of Agriculture's food stamp program, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Aid to Permanently Disabled Persons and federal welfare programs between 2003 and April 2012.

Dugan's applications claimed her husband wasn't part of her household and didn't contribute an income, when in fact he was part of her household and made between $69,500 to $89,000 during each of the years she received the federal aid, according to the DOJ.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 21. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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