Seven former Department of Health and Social Services workers in Delaware were indicted after authorities uncovered a large scale food stamp fraud scheme.
The Delaware AG Matt Denn announced the charges against seven women who were issued almost $1 million in food stamp benefits.
“This case is part of an intensified focus our office is trying to bring to fraud being committed against the state’s public benefit programs,” Attorney General Matt Denn said.
Denn stated in his release:
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.
Detrich Simmons-Heath, Kamilah Laws, Jo Ellen Edwards and Shirlene Davis were indicted last week on charges of theft, forgery, falsifying business records and official misconduct.
Nicole Stevens was arrested last year on similar charges, as well as unlawful use of a payment card.
Allison Rivera and Angelette Brown were both sentenced to probation in April after they plead guilty.
This on the heels of a $13M Florida food stamp scheme discovered in February with 22 people charged, the largest in history.
Waste, fraud and abuse in our system is rampant! Liberals always want to accuse conservatives of wanting to delete the safety net. That is not true. Conservatives want to keep liberals from using the safety net as a fishing net. There is no doubt that all seven of these women were liberals.
They stole from the people who really need the help, but liberals have been doing that for decades!
The left is purposely creating an entitlement society, taking from those who really need it, and giving it to those who just want to be lazy!