Lufkin woman pleads guilty to food stamp fraud

Sarah Hill (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Sarah Hill (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Thomas White (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Thomas White (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 35-year-old Lufkin woman and a 43-year-old Pollok man appeared in court for unrelated food stamp fraud-related charges Tuesday morning.

Sarah Dominy Hill appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court Tuesday morning, and pleaded guilty to the charge of securing execution of document by deception. After a pre-sentencing investigation, the judge will issue a sentence in the case.

Hill was arrested on July 19, 2011 after the Angelina County District Attorney's office issued a warrant for her arrest.

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 Walmart at the time.

Thomas Paul White, 43, also appeared in Bryan's court. He accepted a plea bargain deal of two years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for violating the conditions of his probation for a 2010 felony conviction for securing execution of document by deception. Prosecuting Attorney Layne Thompson said White failed to notify his probation officer before moving out of the state.

According to a previous East Texas News story, the original arrest affidavit stated that Hill reported on the same form in Nov. 2009 that his son was living in his household, but he actually resided with his mother in Irving.

Welfare fraud suspects are given a chance to pay back the money before they're ever arrested.

If they can't, then-Angelina County District Attorney Clyde Herrington said the solution is simple.

"Charges are filed, and they typically turn themselves into the jail," Herrington said. "And the very few that don't, we'll get their warrant entered, and they'll get picked up."

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