- A woman was arrested and charged in connection with a case of fraud with ‘food stamps’.
- The woman faces charges of illegal possession and use of food stamps and two counts of obtaining property through false pretenses.
- The defendant allowed others to use her EBT card from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, for a total of $ 1,499.01.
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina arrested and charged a woman in connection with a case of fraud with food stamps.
Authorities charged Jami Edwards Burney, 34, of Bladenboro, on Tuesday, July 13, with various counts of food stamp fraud, including illegal possession and use of food stamps, and two counts of obtaining property through false pretenses.
Woman charged with food stamp fraud
The woman is accused of having made illegal use of food stamps by allowing other people who were not beneficiaries to use her EBT food stamp card from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, for a total of $ 1,499.01, reported WWAYTV 3.
Likewise, the reviewed medium indicated that the false pretense charges Burney is accused of are due to the fact that the woman claimed dependents who were not legally hers in order to claim food benefits for a sum of $ 1,408.00 obtained in such a way. illicit.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, two criminal citations have been issued in connection with the case for relatives of the accused. Eula Wiggins Burney, 66, and Linda Kay Wiggins, 62, both from Bladenboro, are wanted by police for illegal use of Burney’s EBT card.
According to North Carolina General Statute 108A-53.1 (B), using another person’s EBT card without being an authorized user is a violation of the law and is therefore punishable.
They accuse a woman for fraud of more than $ 12 thousand in Medicaid and ‘food stamps’
On the other hand, police authorities arrested and charged a woman for allegedly committing fraud of more than 12 thousand dollars through the social programs Medicaid and ‘food stamps’, as food stamps are known.
The newspaper Villages News reported that a Fruitland Park woman identified as Vergillian Gaddy, 35, has been charged with committing $ 12,407 Medicaid and food stamp fraud.
Medicaid and food stamp fraud
Vergillian Gaddy was arrested Thursday on a Lake County warrant charging her with welfare fraud, a third-degree felony, the newspaper said.
The woman is charged with obtaining public assistance benefits between 2016 and 2020 while working at Lady Lake NH LLC and earning biweekly wages of between $ 880 and $ 1,831, according to an affidavit from the Department of Financial Services’ Department of Public Assistance Fraud. from Florida.
He took advantage of Medicaid and ‘food stamps’ and committed fraud
Vergillian Gaddy received gross wages of more than $ 165,000 during that period. It also raised $ 9,616 in food stamps and $ 2,791 in Medicaid benefits, according to the affidavit cited by Villages News.
Following an investigation, Florida authorities detained and charged the woman because she did not disclose her income and received more benefits than she was legally entitled to receive. Vergillian Gaddy was arrested and booked into the Lake County Jail. She was later released after posting a $ 2,000 bond, the Villages News newspaper reported in its report on Sunday.
Food stamp benefits will continue until December 31 in Pennsylvania
On the other hand, about 1.8 million Pennsylvanians celebrate the extension of ‘food stamps’. Pennsylvania Acting Human Services Secretary Meg Snead reported last week that the breakthrough was made after reaching an agreement with President Joe Biden’s Administration.
Eligible Pennsylvania residents will be able to get the enhanced food assistance benefits they have been receiving since last year at least until December 31, 2021, it reported. Penn Live.
Food stamp benefits extended in Pennsylvania
The state, which is located in the northeast of the United States, emits about 150 million dollars a month in food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The SNAP program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, helps low-income Pennsylvanians, including families with children, the elderly, and people with disabilities who face food insecurity and deficiency.
Help to combat economic impacts generated by COVID-19
“As the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and recover from its economic impacts, access to essential necessities such as food is more important than ever to help keep vulnerable populations healthy and mitigate coexisting health risks. Snead said in a statement.
“SNAP helps Pennsylvanians buy fresh food and groceries, allowing families with limited or scarce resources to keep food on the table while meeting other bills and obligations,” he added.
Public health emergency valid until December 31
According to a Pennsylvania state official, the Biden Administration indicated that the federal public health emergency will remain in effect at least until the end of the year. He also indicated that if this federal emergency remains in force until 2022, they hope to continue with benefits from ‘food stamps’.
Snead signed a statement last Friday directing the department to “take all necessary actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic, access federal assistance funds, and administer programs that mitigate the harmful health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on residents. Pennsylvania ”until the end of the year, the official’s spokesman said.