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Nov 5, 2013 2:00 PM by Tony Spehar

Couple owes $53,000 for welfare fraud

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A district court judge has ordered a former Mesa County Department of Human Services caseworker and her husband to repay $53,000 after they pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

Aurora residents Venica Padilla and her husband, Tony Padilla Jr., had disputed the District Attorney Office's request for full restitution in the case.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the Padillas pleaded guilty in January to felony theft.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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