[Ed. – She must know people in high places.]
A former social services clerk in Passaic County was sentenced to five years of probation on Friday for using food stamps that did not belong to her, authorities said.
Carol Austin, 62, of Paterson must also make restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for stolen funds in the amount of $9,995.84, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes.
Austin pleaded guilty in March to third-degree theft and fourth-degree unauthorized use of food stamp coupons between November 2015 and May 2107.
A charge of identity theft was dropped exchange for her guilty plea.
Prosecutors said Austin worked in the Passaic County Board of Social Services and had access to food stamp cards that were turned in by clients or their family members.
As part of her plea agreement, Austin resigned from her job and is barred from holding public employment in New Jersey, the prosecutor said.