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Brunswick County social services worker sentenced to prison

A former Brunswick County, N.C., Department of Social Services case worker was ordered to serve jail time for taking more than $120,000 in benefits, according to the sheriff's department.

April Shawnette Stuckes, 35, pleaded guilty to felony obtaining property by false pretenses and was sentenced to serve 48 to 67 months in prison, according to authorities.

Stuckes' plea was the result of a six month investigation that ended in December 2008 by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The investigation showed that Stuckes signed up fraudulent and ineligible Department of Social Services clients and received the benefits for herself in the excess of $120,000.