A 53-year-old Waialua woman was sentenced today to five years in prison for committing welfare fraud again.
First Circuit Judge Shirley Kawamura sentenced Mary Jane Delgado Ponce, also known as Mary Jane Dalumpinis, to the maximum sentence for second-degree theft.
An Oahu jury found Ponce guilty in October of obtaining thousands of dollars in food stamps benefits from the state by deception.
As a repeat offender, Ponce must serve a minimum of 20 months before being eligible for parole.
From April 2010 to April 2014, Ponce was overpaid $3,723 in food stamps benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program because she did not disclose to state officials that she was married.
State Attorney General Doug Chin said Ponce was convicted of welfare fraud in 2009 and began defrauding the state again one year later.
“People should not steal public funds and abuse this important social safety net,” Chin said in a statement.
SNAP is administered by the state and provides food and nutritional support to qualifying low-income households. In fiscal year 2014, SNAP helped an estimated 193,600 state residents or 98,400 families.