Former social worker pleads guilty to defrauding state of $120,000
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC - On June 28th, 2010 in Brunswick Superior Court former Brunswick County Department of Social Services case worker, April Shawnette Stuckes was sentenced to 48-67 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction. Stuckes plead guilty to Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense.

This plea was the result of a six moth investigation ending in December of 2008 by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. This investigation showed that Stuckes signed up fraudulent and ineligible Department of Social Services clients and received the benefits for herself in the excess of $120,000.

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I think she should have to pay back EVERY last dime! That would be much better punishment than prison.

Another good job by Brunswick county judicial system.ID be willing to bet that Ola Lewis heard the case.like it was said in an earlier post she will be out in less than12 mos.why not give her an indefinite sentence then she will learn a lesson basically she got a slap on the wrist.so way to go bc another one gets off easy.

I can't believe you would think 48-67 months was a slap on the wrist! Clearly you have never even been downtown or even looked online at a prison because if you did then, you would have not said that!!! Any day inside of jail feels like a lifetime for someone who has never been, no cell phone and none of the stuff you like to do, in the outside world and I hope that she will be out in 12 mos. They give murders less time, look at O.J. Simpson. Oh! and a slap on the wrist would have been probation that was not offered.

Excuse me if I don't feel sorry for someone who doesn't like the conditions she'll be facing in prison. Like the old saying goes, don't to the crime if you can't do the time.

use her ill-gotten gains to pay back the taxpayers for the cost of keeping her locked up...but I doubt she has much, if any, of it left.

require restitution?

In this day and age, she'll be out in less than 12 months with good behaviour.

As far as I know they are always ordered to pay restitution when applicable.