2 convicted of defrauding a food program for low-income children

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal jury in Arkansas has convicted two people of fraud in connection with a federal program intended to provide meals for low-income children.              

Court records show 41-year-old Jacqueline Mills of Helena-West Helena and 38-year-old Anthony Waits of England were both convicted of conspiracy Thursday and Mills was convicted on 39 additional counts, including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.              

Both had pleaded not guilty.              

Prosecutors say Mills and Waits took more than $4 million from a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to provide feeding programs by inflating the number of meals that were provided. Prosecutors say sponsors in the program claimed to have fed hundreds of children, but actually fed few, and in some cases fed none.

More than a dozen co-defendants were previously convicted in the case.

© 2017 Associated Press


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