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Woman Pleads Guilty to Falsely Obtaining Landslide Aid


A Charleston woman has pleaded guilty to falsely obtaining benefits meant for residents forced out of their homes by a landslide at Yeager Airport.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 28-year-old Lindsey Marie Meadows pleaded guilty on Monday to obtaining under false pretenses. She’s scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 22 in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Meadows told Judge Joanna Tabit that she obtained money from the airport by falsely saying that she was a resident of Keystone Drive.

Yeager’s man-made emergency overrun area partially collapsed on March 12. The airport provided cash grants and hotel accommodations to residents whose homes on Keystone Drive were damaged.

Assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Jennifer Gordon says Meadows received $1,500 from the airport, which also paid $1,800 for her stay at a hotel.