Texas mother used daughter in fundraiser scam

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A  Wichita Falls mother pleaded guilty Thursday morning to exploiting her 6-year-old daughter. Andrea Battle was arrested along with her boyfriend Stephen Mack for using her daughter for door to door soliciting for fake school fundraisers.

Police said Battle and Mack went to a least nine Wichita County homes last year with the girl, trying to sell items for a dance or soccer team. According to Battle’s arrest affidavit, the young girl initially didn’t want to talk to authorities, telling them she didn’t want to get her mama in trouble.

Battle pleaded guilty to nine counts of exploitation of a child she entered a confession and accepted a plea agreement of four years in prison with credit for about one year time served. Battle is also alleged to have conspired with Mack in some of his bank robberies, and records show she has one 24-month sentence for one of them.

Earlier this year Stephen Mack received a sentence of  seven years and three months for a bank robbery and was ordered to pay restitution totaling $12,500 to the four banks. He also was sentenced in connection with the solicitation scheme.

His jail roster sheet lists 24 separate charges with bonds totaling near $1 million.

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