AZ lawmaker Cecilia Velasquez changes plea to guilty in food stamp fraud case

Posted at 10:39 AM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 13:50:25-04

A Phoenix-area state lawmaker accused of several crimes involving food stamps has changed her plea to guilty.

State Rep. Cecilia Velasquez allegedly lied on an application for food stamps, claiming she had two dependents, gave a false address and allowed other people to use her food stamp benefits card.

Velasquez reportedly obtained $1,726 in food stamp benefits between 2013 and 2015. 

Velasquez was serving her first term in the Arizona House of Representatives and would not be eligible for political office if convicted of a felony charge.

Velasquez is scheduled to be sentenced on December 1, 2016.