I am cheered by this story. What right-thinking person could not be?
By Tina Susman
October 2, 2012, 7:37 a.m.
A Michigan woman who became a poster child for welfare fraud when she
continued collecting food stamps after winning a $1 million lottery last
year has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose.
Amanda Clayton was just 24 when she was photographed with a giant check,
dated Sept. 11, 2011, and wearing a broad smile. But her newfound
celebrity quickly soured after the state said she had continued to
receive $5,500 in food stamps and other benefits despite the winnings.
Clayton pleaded no contest to fraud in June and was given six months'
Her case went public in March after she was confronted by a Detroit
television station, WDIV, and admitted collecting food stamps. "I
thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't, I thought
maybe it was OK because I'm not working ... I mean, I have no income and
I have bills to pay," she said, adding that she also had two houses to