An exotic dancer who has been accused of spending more than $24,000 worth of federal aid on plastic surgery and tricking out has been sentenced on an earlier conviction of food stamp fraud, WPTV reports.
Brenda Charlestain (pictured) was sentenced on Thursday to 1 1/2 years in federal prison for her crimes.
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Charlestain, 28, of Greenacres, Fla., testified during her sentencing that the $9,187 worth of cosmetic enhancements, the $1,100 sound system, and other expensive items were gifts from men she met as a dancer at strip clubs in West Palm Beach and Miami.
During the years she received food stamps, March 2010 to June 2012, Charlestain received $900 to $1,100 in aid per month. She said that she was homeless and struggling to make ends meet when she applied for aid. Though, during her trial, Charlestain admitted that she earned more than $85,000 in tips in a one year while she was collecting aid.
Earlier this year, she was convicted of providing a weapon to a felon, her husband Josny Charlestain, in addition to food stamp fraud.
The south Florida stripper has to surrender to federal authorities by Nov. 30 and repay the $23, 965 worth of food stamps she received.