A former state Senate candidate was arraigned in district court on Friday.

Bekah Halat, who is not in custody, did not appear in person for the proceedings. She was represented by her attorney, Mike Moberly, in an arrangement approved by the state.

Halat and her husband are accused of misrepresenting their finances when they applied for and received thousands of dollars worth of food stamps. Both are charged with felony theft and falsifying documents, a misdemeanor. A pre-indictment hearing was set for Sept. 27.

On Tuesday Halat lost her Republican primary bid for a South Anchorage Senate seat to Chris Birch.

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