Woman gets probation in $26K jobless benefits scam

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois woman has been sentenced to five years of probation after authorities say she fraudulently received more than $26,000 in unemployment benefits that she'll now have to repay.

Thirty-five-year-old Cymica Grant of Belleville was sentenced Thursday in East St. Louis federal court, where she pleaded guilty in March to embezzlement of public funds.

As part of her deal with prosecutors, Grant admitted she was employed at the time she collected state unemployment benefits between July 2008 and June 2009, then again in January 2010.

She was indicted in July of last year.