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
Amanda Clayton
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.

Amanda 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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