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"Wealthy welfare mom" posts bail


COLONIE, N.Y. - The "wealthy welfare mom" of Colonie, who admitted stealing $100,000 from the Albany County welfare system, has been released from jail on Wednesday.

Angela Lopez was sentenced to 2-6 years in prison in August from a guilty plea to one count of Welfare Fraud and one count of Grand Larceny. She posted $50,000 bail and has been released.

In a story NEWS10 brought you first and has been following since the beginning, Lopez was found in December 2010 to have ripped off the Department of Social Services of nearly $100,000 when she received welfare while she allegedly brought in a paycheck and disability benefits.

Over a period of five years, Lopez received disability, food stamps, and Medicaid assistance for herself, her husband, and their five children. At the same time she worked as a nurse's aide, never reporting that income.

Lopez initially denied the allegations, saying she thought since her husband wasn't working that she fell below the income level.

In May, Lopez took a plea deal for her charges, but during a July sentencing hearing Lopez told the court she was changing her mind about the plea deal, and she asked the judge to withdraw her guilty plea, stating in a letter the decision was because she "didn't like her lawyer."

In addition to time spent in prison, Lopez was ordered to pay $65,699 in restitution to the Department of Social Services, $29,697 in restitution to the Social Security Administration and $4,769.84 in fees to Albany County Probation.

She has paid about $4,000 as of September 2011.

Lopez is now appealing her conviction.

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