AUBURN  — A 31-year-old mother of three is going to jail for a year after being convicted of welfare fraud in a case a judge called a calculating and scheming effort to steal money from the state of Maine.

Kathleen Schidzig was taken to jail Tuesday to serve the sentence on a conviction of theft by deception.

Androscoggin County Superior Court Justice MaryGay Kennedy told Schidzig her behavior strengthened arguments made by some that government shouldn’t spend money on struggling parents.

Prosecutors say Schidzig claimed her boyfriend and father to three of her children didn’t live with her, when he did and that she was reimbursed for car repairs when she doesn’t have a driver’s license.

The Sun Journal newspaper says Schidzig was ordered to pay $18,000 in restitution.