7 women indicted in massive food stamp fraud scheme

Seven former state workers in Delaware were indicted after authorities uncovered a massive food stamp fraud scheme. Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced the charges on Wednesday against seven women, including two who remain at-large:

The defendants worked for the Department of Health and Social Services and were responsible for issuing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, which are used for purchases by food stamp recipients. The fraud ring was found to have issued more than $959,000 in fraudulent benefits. Denn explained how the scheme worked:

Two of the women were already convicted and sentenced in April. Allison Rivera, 49, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay more than $27,000 in restitution. Angelette Brown, 45, was sentenced to two years of probation, ordered to do 240 hours of community service, and forced to repay the $15,957 she stole.

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