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ONLY ON 10: Wealthy welfare mom asks for "poor person status"

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COLONIE, N.Y. - The "wealthy welfare mom" from Colonie, who pleaded guilty to stealing $100,000 in welfare and food stamp benefits last year, is at it again: She has asked the judge to grant her a court-appointed attorney.

NEWS10 has discovered Angela Lopez asked the Albany County District Attorney's office to grant her indigent status, a motion for "poor person status and assignment of counsel" stating that she could not afford her own defense.

That motion was denied.

In a story NEWS10 brought you first and has been following since the beginning, Angela Lopez, the so-called "wealthy welfare mom" from Colonie, was found in December 2010 to have ripped off the system 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.

In May 2011, Lopez took a plea deal for one felony charge of welfare fraud and one felony charge of grand larceny. As part of her plea deal she would have been sentenced to 2-6 years in state prison and pay full restitution. She later asked the judge to withdraw her plea deal stating the decision was because she "didn't like her lawyer."

In August 2011, Lopez was sentenced to 2-6 years in prison, however posted bail of $50,000.

She is now awaiting her appeal.

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