Benjamin Wood reports:
Local members of a veterans association paid the $440 fine of Leah Carson, one of two women convicted of creating and distributing a list of 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants that included Social Security numbers and other personal information.
Ted Van Meeteren, the state chair of the American Combat Veterans of War, said the group had heard Carson was struggling financially and wanted to show her compassion.
Carson and co-worker Teresa Bassett were employees with the state Department of Workforce Services when they compiled “The list” and delivered it to various law enforcement agencies and media outlets in July 2010 under the name Concerned Citizens of the United States and calling for the deportation of those individuals listed.
Prosecutors say Carson violated policy by providing personal information from files to Bassett, who then compiled the list of names.
Carson pleaded guilty on June 6 to a class C misdemeanor charge of providing false statements regarding unemployment compensation. In addition to the fine, she was sentenced to one year of probation.
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