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South Boston woman pleads guilty to public assistance fraud

A 29-year-old South Boston woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Halifax County Circuit Court to four misdemeanor counts of obtaining public assistance to which she was not entitled.

Jennifer Lynn Scheiderer Meneses pleaded guilty to the four misdemeanor charges after entering into a plea agreement with the commonwealth.

Pursuant to that plea agreement, six additional related charges were nol prossed.

Under terms of the agreement, the court sentenced Meneses to 12 months in jail for each of the four convictions, with all time suspended, conditioned on her good behavior for 12 months.

The court ordered Meneses to pay $7,056 restitution to the Department of Social Services in monthly installments of no less than $100, and it ordered the defendant to complete 24 hours of community service within 12 months.

In addition, the court ordered Meneses be banned from all public assistance for a period of 12 months or until restitution is paid in full, whichever time period is longer.

Other court cases

• James Auther Burden Jr., 24, of South Boston pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth, a charge against Burden for conspiracy to distribute cocaine was nol prossed.

The plea agreement calls for the court to sentence Burden to five years in prison for each conviction, with all suspended except for completion of the Detention and Diversion programs, or if the defendant is not eligible, one year in jail.

The court ordered the suspended portion of Burden’s sentence be conditioned on his good behavior for 10 years, and it ordered him placed on probation for two years.

The court additionally suspended Burden’s operator’s license six months for each drug charge.

•  Jose Ramon Coronado, 38, of South Boston pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges, including driving without an operator’s license, a first offense of DWI and speeding 40 in a 25 MPH zone.

He pleaded no contest to a felony charge for possession of cocaine.

The court fined Coronado $100 for driving without an operator’s license, and it sentenced him to a 12-month suspended term for the DWI offense, ordering him to pay a $250 fine, complete VASAP and perform 50 hours of community service.

The court ordered Coronado to pay a $90 fine for the speeding conviction, and it granted him first offender status for the drug charge, withholding its finding of guilt and continuing the case for one year.

The court placed Coronado under supervision of Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services (HPCS) for one year, ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service and ordered him to submit to random drug screenings.

•  Joseph Matthew Arnold, 23, of Halifax was convicted Thursday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Arnold’s previously suspended prison sentence, but it ordered no additional jail time for the defendant.

•  Clifton Roosevelt Miller Jr., 25, of Keeling pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor destruction of property belonging to Kelly S. Lewis.

The court sentenced Miller to a 12-month suspended jail term, and it ordered him to pay $845.21 restitution to Lewis through HPCS within 12 months.

Miller also was ordered to pay court costs within 12 months.