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Records, Dec. 20, 2008

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Willmar,Minnesota 56201
West Central Tribune
Records, Dec. 20, 2008
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201


WILLMAR -- A gas drive-off was reported around 1 a.m. Friday from SuperAmerica, 415 First St. S. The caller indicated that a white four-door vehicle drove off on a $10.01 bill. According to the incident report, the suspect was a female wearing white tennis shoes and a black coat.



WILLMAR -- An assault of a teacher was reported around 4:15 p.m. Thursday from Lincoln Elementary School, 511 Julii St. S.E. The school has since suspended the student, but no charges were filed.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Rosa Isela Cardoza, 35, of Hancock, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was a lower level felony than the original charge. Another felony for perjury will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Jan. 30.

The charges were filed after an investigation by Kandiyohi County Family Services. Cardoza had applied for and received public assistance from family services for many years. She was responsible for reporting household composition to determine eligibility. Cardoza reported that three children lived with her and public assistance was provided on that basis. She signed document claiming such on Dec. 19, 2007.

It came to the attention of family services officials that one or more of these children were living with their father in Iowa.

When interviewed, Cardoza denied that fact and claimed that all three children had always lived with her. She later admitted that the children lived with their father for certain periods of time, and that information should have been reported to family services.

The overpayment in benefits from December 2007 to March 2008 was $6,597.40.