PHOENIX — An Arizona lawmaker who pleaded guilty to food-stamp fraud was sentenced to probation following a hearing Thursday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Ceci Velasquez was sentenced to 12 months supervised probation and 100 hours of community service for one count of unlawful use of food stamps. Those are the terms of the plea deal she struck earlier this year.
Velasquez was indicted in June by a state grand jury on three felony counts of fraud, theft and unlawful use of food stamps.
Judge Christopher Coury rejected Velasquez’s request to reduce the probation period to six months. But he dismissed the other two felony counts, noting she had paid restitution of $1,726 to the Arizona Department of Economic Services. The restitution was the exact amount the department alleges she fraudulently obtained between Nov. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2015.
Velasquez choked back tears as she addressed the…