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Clay prosecutors increasingly seek restitution instead of jail time for welfare cheats

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By Erik Burgess / The Forum

MOORHEAD – Many of those who cheat the welfare system in Clay County are avoiding the gavel, as county prosecutors here increasingly turn to methods of recouping money that don’t end in a criminal conviction.

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Social Services referred 71 welfare fraud cases to the Clay County attorney last year, but only 12 ended in convictions. Seven were handled out of court entirely with an Administrative Disqualification Hearing (ADH).

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