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Seven women who formerly worked for the state of Delaware have been indicted for their parts in a food stamp fraud scheme.
Two of the women, Jo Ellen Edwards, 61 and Shirlene Davis, 29, remained at large when charges were announced by Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn on Wednesday.
They all worked for the Department of Health and Social Services an were involved in issuing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to food stamp recipients, Fox News reported.
Over $959,000 in fraudulent benefits were issued, according to Denn.
Based on internal audits conducted by DHSS’s Audit and Recovery Management Services, investigators learned of fictitious and unauthorized EBT accounts created by Division of Social Services case workers responsible for case creation and maintenance, with each of the fraudulently created cases issued varying amounts of food benefits in the form of EBT cards.
The investigation revealed that the fraudulent EBT cards were delivered to State Service Centers in New Castle and Kent County, and intercepted by the suspects working at those locations. Once intercepted, the cards were personally used or sold at a discount.
Of the seven, two were convicted and sentenced in April.
Allison Rivera, 49, received two years probation and was ordered to pay more than $27,000 in restitution.
Angelette Brown, 45, was also given two years probation along with 240 hours of community service and was ordered to pay the $15,957 she was found guilty of stealing.
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