(KMOV) – A Missouri mom will be forced to pay back stolen welfare benefits after she was caught.
She was collecting welfare dollars for her children - despite the fact that her children lived in Seattle with their father.
By entering a guilty plea this woman got probation, but she must pay back $12,000 of your tax dollars.
Our sister station in Kansas City exposed this problem in October of 2012.
Carmen Cash was receiving state benefits to care for her children - but the kids were actually being taken care of by their father on a military base in Washington State.
When the father alerted the Missouri Department of Social Services about the fraud, he claims he got no response - meanwhile Carmen Cash kept receiving checks.
Things got heated when KCTV 5 showed up at her Mexico Missouri home for answers.
On Tuesday, the Department of Social Services has revamped their enforcement efforts because of a state audit.