Lufkin woman charged with food stamp fraud avoids conviction

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman received what amounts to six months of probation through a pre-trial diversion in an Angelina County district court for food stamp fraud Friday.

As a result of the pre-trial diversion agreement, Kandra May Chavez will not be considered a convicted felon. However, if she violates the conditions of her probation, it could result her being prosecuted for the state jail felony.

Chavez and Sarah Dominy Hill were arrested and charged with securing execution of document by deception on July 19, 2011 after the Angelina County District Attorney's Office issued warrants for their arrest.

Chavez is accused of claiming on a document in May 2010 that she was not employed even though she was actually employed by Brookshire Brothers at the time, according to an arrest affidavit.

Hill was accused of not claiming on a form in October 2005 that her husband was not receiving veterans benefits or that she was employed at Wal-mart at the time.

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