Picture it... you're a 24-year-old unemployed good-for-nothing who hits it big on a lotto show and takes home a good $500,000 after taxes. You've been getting $200 a month in food stamps and figure, hey, why report the lotto winnings? The state hasn't cut off the card so it must be alright, right?
“I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn’t, I thought maybe it was okay because I’m not working," Amanda Clayton told WDIV when she was busted on a hidden camera investigation using her food stamp card to load up on Mountain Dew and snacks. She was serious when she said that, defending her pain by explaining how her $1 million ended up being really more like half that.
"I feel that it's OK because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay," she said. "I have two houses."
Note: one of those houses was paid in cash.
"I mean, it's hard," she said, "I'm struggling."
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Well justice has finally caught up to the struggling lottery winner (oh the humanity), who was arraigned Tuesday on two felony counts of welfare fraud. The state alleges Clayton illegally collected about $5,475 in food and medical assistance from August 2011 through March 2012.
Unfortunately, there's no happy ending to this case. They can fine the shit out of her, drain her winnings and leave her knocking on the state's door for help again OR they can imprison her for 4 years and have the people of the state of Michigan pay to keep her housed, fed and clothed.
I believe that's what you call a lose-lose.