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Missing West Virginia girl's mom indicted for welfare fraud

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The mother of a 3-year-old Lewis County
girl missing for nearly six weeks has been indicted on multiple
welfare fraud counts.
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said Tuesday that 29-year-old
Lena Lunsford of Weston faces six federal charges alleging she
tried to swap the value of her food stamp card for cash.
The indictment says she exchanged varying amounts on her card
for $50 cash five times - twice in September and three times in
October.
Her daughter Aliayah (uh LEE uh) Lunsford vanished Sept. 24.
Investigators consider her disappearance a crime but have made no
arrests and named no suspects.
The charges against the mother include conspiracy to defraud the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program and knowingly selling
federal benefits.
Lena Lunsford's public defender, Brian Kornbrath, didn't immediately return messages Tuesday.


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