(11/03/2011)
Lena Lunsford, 29, the mother of a 3-year-old Lewis County girl missing for nearly six weeks, has been indicted on multiple counts of welfare fraud.

She is accused of swapping credits on her food stamp card for $50 cash five times within two months.

Lunsford has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and five related fraud counts, according to U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld.

Lunsford could get more than 10 years in prison if she is convicted.

Her daughter Aliayah vanished from the residence on Sept. 24. Investigators say her disappearance is a crime.

Lena Lunsford was eight months pregnant with twins when her daughter vanished. She has four other children, from 9 months to 11 years.


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