Preliminary hearing for Michigan woman accused of welfare fraud delayed

Local 4 Defenders reveal Lincoln Park's Amanda Clayton continued to get food stamps after winning $1 million

Published On: May 01 2012 12:40:40 PM EDT   Updated On: May 01 2012 12:47:26 PM EDT
DETROIT -

A Michigan woman charged with welfare fraud after a Local 4 Defenders investigation will have to wait a bit longer to learn if she’ll stand trial.

Amanda Clayton is charged with failing to inform the state that her income had changed as a result of the lottery prize and a job. The 25-year-old from Lincoln Park won a $1 million jackpot on the game show "Make Me Rich!" and chose a $735,000 lump sum, before taxes, last September.

She was set to appear Tuesday for a preliminary examination, but the hearing was adjourned at the defense's request.
The preliminary examination is now set for May 22.

The Defenders report prompted the state to file charges.

Local 4 Defenders revealed fraud in March

The case came to light when Local 4's Karen Drew confronted Clayton.

"I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't, I thought maybe it was okay because I'm not working," Clayton told Local 4.  

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