The Michigan woman who, despite hitting a $1 million jackpot, still felt entitled to food stamps has been charged with fraud.
Amanda Clayton, 25, continued to draw thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded food stamps after winning the Michigan Lottery “Make Me Rich” jackpot, according to reports. Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura D. Corrigan today announced that the Attorney General’s Criminal Division charged Clayton with two felony counts of welfare fraud after investigation revealed she failed to report her lottery winnings, as well as her employment, as required by State law governing public assistance programs.
“It’s simply common sense that million dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance,” said Schuette. “We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to uphold state laws intended to ensure wise stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”
Besides winning the jackpot, Clayton was employed while she was receiving the assistance from August 2010 to March 2012. It is alleged that income from Clayton’s employment during that time period was never reported. From August 2011 through March 2012, Clayton allegedly collected approximately $5,475 in food and medical assistance benefits for which she would otherwise have been ineligible.
Clayton was arrested Monday.