Woman sentenced for welfare fraud

HOUGHTON – A Houghton woman must pay more than $28,000 in restitution after being sentenced in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday for two counts of welfare fraud of $500 or more.

Jessica Gostlin, 41, was also sentenced to four months on an electronic monitoring device.

Gostlin was found guilty after a two-day trial earlier this year. Between 2007 and 2009, Gostlin made $81,000 from services provided to Copper Country Mental Health through her business, Superior Counseling. She did not include that income on Department of Human Services forms.

Gostlin must pay $20,633 for over-issuance of food stamp benefits and $7,404.44 for the medical assistance program.

She was charged with failure to inform of complete circumstances of income and failure to inform of changes in circumstances, both four-year felonies.