Welfare Fraud Sentencing 23 Aug 12

A New Ulm couple accused of welfare fraud have both pleaded guilty with an Alford Plea to felony charges of wrongfully obtaining public assistance. The Alford Plea means that 40-year-old Mark Christopher Madson Sr and 44-year-old LuAnn Marie Madson do not admit guilt, but do admit there is sufficient evidence for them to be convicted. The Madsons were accused of claiming that their adult daughter was living with them while collecting over $1,400 in public assistance while residing in rural Gibbon, when her address was officially listed as being in Sleepy Eye. They have both been placed on supervised probation for 5 years and were ordered to serve 10 days in jail. They will also be required to pay restitution, and are disqualified from receiving public assistance for 2 years.