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A Williamsport woman must serve five years of probation after fraudulently collecting over $2,000 in food stamps and cash assistance.

Melissa R. Spong, 31, failed to report her income for a five month period, resulting in a $2,859.50 overpayment, the Pennsylvania Office of the State Inspector General said.

The fraud was exposed when the Lycoming County Assistance Office received income verification from Spong's employer, Lorraine K. Confer Homemakers Help.

When Spong spoke to the assistance office on Feb. 21, 2019, she claimed she was not employed, the affidavit stated.

One first degree misdemeanor count of fraudulently obtaining food stamps/cash assistance was filed against Spong on Feb. 19, 2020.

Spong pleaded guilty to that charge before President Judge Nancy L. Butts on March 2, 2020.

Spong will have to serve 60 months probation, pay restitution, and perform 50 hours of community service, according to the sentencing order.

Spong currently is on parole in Alabama for second degree felony aggravated assault, court record stated.

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