No Jail: Woman Gets Probation for Stealing Thousands from County

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Two women learn their punishment for running a scam to collect tax dollars.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutors say Odaliz Baez Ortega and Luz Castro ran a scam to cheat the County Mental Health Board.

Last summer Ortega and Castro were indicted. Sheriff's deputies found they'd been submitting paperwork to the agency--requesting money for services that would help Ortega's mentally handicapped son.

In reality the services had stopped.  Castro was sentenced to 6 months in jail.

Ortega received probation but an order to pay back 17,500 bucks.

Investigators felt she'll have a better chance of doing that if she's not sitting in jail.

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