(Phoenix New Times) A state grand jury has indicted Arizona Democratic lawmaker Cecilia "Ceci" Velasquez for allegedly ripping off the federal food-stamp program.
Unsealed on Wednesday but signed on May 23, the indictment charges Velasquez, 42, with one felony count each of fraudulent schemes and practices, unlawful use of food stamps, and theft. The total loss to the state, which distributes federal funds it receives for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was $1,726.
Velasquez was elected in 2014 to represent Legislative District 29, which includes parts of Glendale and Velasquez's reported hometown of Litchfield Park. She'd be forced out of office if convicted of a felony.
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