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Aurora woman gets probation in food stamp, health benefits fraud

An Aurora woman who authorities say lied on documents in order to get food stamps and health benefits has pleaded guilty to theft charges, according to Kane County prosecutors.

Jurline Price, 58, of the 2000 block of Fox Pointe Drive, was sentenced to 30 months of probation Thursday and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. She also has to make restitution of more than $35,000 to the Illinois Department of Human Services.

According to prosecutors, Price applied for state aid and reported that she was providing for her grandchildren, which entitled her to receive more food stamps.

Although Price has two grandchildren, they do not live in the area and Price was not supporting them, authorities said.

Had she not claimed the two children as dependents, she would not have been eligible for any aid, prosecutors said.

The false claim allowed her to collect $12,000 in food stamps and more than $23,000 in health care benefits that officials say she was not entitled to. She collected the benefits for almost four years from 2003-2007 until a procedural investigation uncovered the thefts, prosecutors said.

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