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No Fraud Trial For Jackson Accuser's Mom

Michael Jackson waves as he leaves court, Monday, June 13, 2005, in Santa Maria, Calif. Jackson was found not guilty on all counts against him.
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The woman whose son was at the center of last year's Michael Jackson trial has pleaded no contest to welfare fraud.

Jackson's lawyer had questioned the woman's honesty at the pop star's trial. Jurors who cleared Jackson cited their doubts about her melodramatic testimony, in which she accused Jackson of holding her family against their will.

Her attorney, Patricia Hattersley, says she and her client "felt she had a viable defense" to the welfare fraud charge. But the attorney says the woman wants to "move on with her life" and not put her family through "a major trial."

The judge ordered the woman to complete 150 hours of community service and pay $8,600 restitution by April 27th.

Prosecutors contend the woman applied for welfare without disclosing she had money from an insurance settlement.