ELKINS, W.Va. --The mother of a 3-year-old girl who vanished more than six months ago will be sentenced for welfare fraud next month.
U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey entered an order Thursday scheduling the sentencing of Lena Lunsford for May 22 in Elkins.
Lunsford pleaded guilty in January to selling $114 worth of credit on her food stamp card for $50 cash. She had been indicted on multiple counts in October, accused of swapping for cash five times in two months.
Her daughter Aliayah disappeared from their Lewis County home on Sept. 24, 2011.
Last month, agent John Hambrick said the FBI has a theory about what happened but won't disclose details. Nor would he say whether he believes Aliayah is still alive or predict when an arrest might be made.