Man sentenced for Fresno player food stamp fraud

A former Fresno County welfare worker accused in a food stamp

scam that included Fresno State football players has been sentenced

to three years in California prison.

A judge sentenced 52-year-old Michael Martin Wednesday after he

pleaded no contest to embezzlement by a public officer, identity

theft and possession of heroin.

Authorities say he and his wife, 45-year-old Dawn Griffin,

applied for benefits under the name of a man in prison and redeemed

them at Fresno markets.

Prosecutors say Martin also fraudulently applied for benefits

for some members of the 2010 Fresno State University football


The Fresno Bee reports ( ) that Griffin

pleaded no contest to identity theft, perjury and receiving stolen

property, and was sentenced to five years of probation and 270 days

in jail.

Information from: The Fresno Bee,