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Oklahoma woman sentenced in theft case

A Muskogee woman has been sentenced to home detention for theft of government funds.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 7, 2013
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A Muskogee woman was sentenced Friday to six months of home detention for improperly collecting unemployment benefits.

Jeanna Cunningham also was ordered to pay more than $56,000 in restitution, according to federal prosecutors. She will be on supervised probation for three years.

Cunningham, 50, pleaded guilty in April to theft of government funds.

She had been accused of taking money from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission between July 2008 and March 2012. The commission receives funds administered on behalf of the federal government.

Spokesman John Carpenter said the commission detected improper payments being made to Cunningham.

A subsequent investigation determined she had received more than $5,000, so her case was turned over to the Labor Department's office of inspector general for prosecution.

Carpenter said it is rare for that amount of improper benefits to be paid out.

Cunningham's restitution will go into a trust fund to use to pay unemployment benefits.

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