The criminal: Anita McLemore, 47, mother of two, an addict with several drug convictions
The crime: Lying on food stamp applications by concealing her felony convictions
The cost to society: $4,367 in benefits which she has now paid back
The punishment: Three years in prison
Just for comparison: Synthes North America executives admit to causing three deaths by pushing illegal use of drug, failing to report the deaths and lying to FDA investigators. Sentenced to 5-9 months in prison.