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Woman sentenced in identity theft, food assistance fraud

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DETROIT (AP) -

A Detroit-area woman who was charged in a large-scale identity theft and food assistance fraud case has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

Court records say 53-year-old Pamela Tribby of Dearborn learned her punishment last month in U.S. District Court in Detroit for theft of public money and identity theft. She'll also serve three years of probation and pay more than $500,000 in restitution.

Authorities say Tribby violated regulations governing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by applying for food assistance using more than 300 illegally acquired identities.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the outcome of the case, saying in a statement Friday it has "a variety of practices in place to combat the use of identity fraud by people improperly applying for public assistance."

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