Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Mesa County Out of Thousands
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A Mesa County woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding Mesa County out of thousands of dollars.
April Creasman, 34, pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced inside a Mesa County courtroom Wednesday morning.
The DA said an investigation revealed Creasman had been fraudulently claiming $1,200 in benefits via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the course of four years.
During the investigation, Creasman claimed she needed the food stamp assistance to feed her kids.
However, the investigation also revealed her boyfriend at the time was paying for much of the living expenses inside the residence.
Before being sentenced, the Judge told Creasman that her actions were reprehensible and took the food out of the mouth of needy kids.
The Judge also told Creasman under normal circumstances, he would have imposed a prison sentence, however, the plea agreement requested probation, allowing Creasman to repay Mesa County.
Creasman was sentenced to 20 years probation, 200 hours of community service and forced to pay back all of the $38,656 she stole to Mesa County.
Creasman is eligible to get off parole after restitution is paid, however, while she is serving her sentence, she will not be eligible for the Food Stamp Program.