Woman pleads not guilty in welfare fraud case

Woman pleads not guilty in welfare fraud case

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A woman is going to trial in a welfare fraud case.

Jaylin Kema pleaded not guilty last week to a theft charge. She is accused of taking thousands of dollars in welfare benefits that she was not entitled to.

Deputy Prosecutor Rick Damerville said the March 7 trial will likely last four days. Kema posted a $5,000 bail and is no longer in police custody.

Kema's husband, Peter Kema Sr., was also arrested but later released without being charged.

The Kemas are the parents of a boy who went missing in 1997 at the age of 6. Big Island police investigating the disappearance launched a homicide investigation in 2000.

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