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State worker gets 30 days in jail for fraud involving phony triplets

Updated: June 11, 2012 8:25PM

A state caseworker whom DuPage County authorities said concocted fictitious triplets for her boyfriend so he could collect extra food aid was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution for the scam.

Ebony Martin, a 34-year-old employee of the Illinois Department of Human Services, also was placed on probation for three years after earlier pleading guilty to felony theft of government services.

“She was a government official who abused her trust. The crime couldn’t have been done without her,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Michalak, who prosecuted Martin.

Martin was charged earlier this year with theft, official misconduct and state benefit fraud for what authorities said was a year-long scheme that saw her create a phony state file for 38-year-old Keith Jones of Lisle.

The file included the names and Social Security numbers of triplets Jones claimed to have to support — false information placed in the file so Jones could receive more government food assistance, prosecutors said.

Jones also was charged with felony theft and state benefit fraud, but he remains at large.

Martin, who had worked in the department’s Villa Park office, was placed on paid administrative leave following her arrest and now is expected to be fired.

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