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Woman pleads guilty to benefits fraud

COLUMBIA (AP) — A Greenville County woman has been ordered to repay the state of South Carolina thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits she received fraudulently.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and the state Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that 50-year-old Patrice McMahan had pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement in order to defraud the agency.

Officials say McMahan received unemployment benefits after certifying that she was unemployed, but investigators determined that she had a job and was lying about her employment and earnings.

McMahan was sentenced to serve five years probation. She also must repay the jobless benefits agency about $8,000 and pay a $1,500 civil penalty to the state.

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