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Ex-state worker sentenced for making fake insurance cards

A former New Jersey state employee who used her work computer to create bogus insurance cards and steal public assistance benefits has received a 364-day county jail sentence.

Prosecutors say Laquanda Tate also must serve three years of probation under the sentence imposed Friday. She also must perform 30 days of community service and pay $5,000 in restitution.

The 39-year-old Trenton resident had pleaded guilty last October to theft by deception and simulating a motor vehicle insurance identification card. She formerly worked as a senior payroll clerk for the Human Services Department.

Prosecutors say that between April 2009 and December 2012, Tate used her work computer to make false insurance cards for herself and three others. She also created bogus notarized letters that she used to claim unreimbursed childcare expenses.

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