No jail time for woman guilty of food stamp fraud

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Yolanda "Yolli" Digoman was let off the hook for unauthorized use of public assistance benefits as a third-degree felony.

Another government official who pled guilty to official misconduct as a misdemeanor has been spared from doing time behind bars.

Yolanda “Yolli” Digoman was let off the hook for unauthorized use of public assistance benefits as a third-degree felony, fraudulent use of public assistance as a third-degree felony and impersonation identity theft as third-degree felony.

She signed a deal with the government on Jan. 2 and was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Maria Cenzon to one-year incarceration, all suspended.

No jail time determined, Digoman was placed on 2-years probation and must complete 200 hours of community service as well as pay a $200 fine.

Digoman, and co-defendant Jennifer Topacio, were indicted in June 2018 after they were discovered violating the Federal Food Stamp Act of 1977 in that they knowingly used, transferred, acquired or possessed food stamp coupons or authorization to participate cards.

Topacio also pled guilty to official misconduct through a plea agreement in August 2019 and is pending sentencing.

Both women worked as nutrition assistants under Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children Program (or WIC) and were transferred to the nursing division following the allegations.

Cenzon indicated that Topacio will be sentenced at a later date.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.