Copperas Cove Women Sentenced in Federal Welfare Fraud Case
Two Copperas Cove women learned their sentences Wednesday in federal court after pleading guilty to charges of benefits fraud.
Jennifer Hailes and LaToya Lewis were accused of illegally exchanging Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for cash at Fong’s Seafood Market in Copperas Cove from 2010 to 2014.
Hailes, 33, was sentenced to six months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. She has also been ordered to pay almost $7,000 in restitution.
Lewis was sentenced to five years probation with six months of electronic monitoring. She has been ordered to pay almost $15,00 in restution.
Fong Ing McCaffrey, the owner of the market where the illegal exchanges took place, was found guilty of benefits fraud in October of 2014 and sentenced to three years probation. McCaffery was ordered to pay $153,000 in restitution.