DHS Reports Fraud Arrests

Investigators with the Mississippi Department of Human Services say they have helped bust individuals for defrauding programs that exist to help people in need.

DHS says with the recent arrests, restitution and fines must be repaid to the state totaling over $300,000.

A list of those charged appears below.

Officials say Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) fraud are usually the result of a client withholding income or household information that could deem them ineligible to receive benefits.

Disqualification periods for SNAP fraud can range from 12 months for the first violation to permanent disqualification. Ineligibility is determined by state and federal mandates and can be ordered by the courts as part of sentencing.

SPRING 2013 SNAP/TANF ARRESTS
Location, Name - Restitution, Fees, Fines - Sentence - Disqualification Period
Attala County, Kosciusko - Kimberly G. Reyes - $7,096 - 1 year probation - 12 months
Clarke County, Quitman - Brandi A. Moulds - $15,292 - 3 years suspended - 5 years probation - 12 months
DeSoto County, Nesbit - Denitral Gibson - $16,400 - 5 years probation - 12 months
DeSoto County, Horn Lake - Mary K. Kellum - $741 - 10 days suspended - TANF fraud
Hinds County, Jackson - Jessica Jefferson - $11,867 - 3 years probation - 12 months
Hinds County, Jackson - Kisheenia Lindsey - $8,897 - 3 years probation - 12 months
Lee County, Saltillo - Amber N. Dunaway - $10,941 - 5 years probation - 12 months
Lincoln County, Brookhaven - Teresa Palmer - $12,098 - 3 years probation, 3 years suspended - 24 months
Neshoba County, Philadelphia - Sera Johnson - $8, 046 - 3 years probation; 3 years suspended - 12 months
Newton County, Decatur - Amy D. Wansley - $7,836 - Sentenced to 2 years; 1 year to serve, 1 year suspended - 24 months
Panola County, Oxford - Julie Austin - $7,529 - 2 years probation - 12 months
Union County, New Albany - Gwen A. Simpson - $10,664 - 3 years probation - 12 months
Washington County, Greenville - Misery M. Brothers - $10,275 - 5 years probation - 12 months
Washington County, Greenville - Shareda W. Ratliff - $6,565 - Pre-Trial Diversion Program, not less than 18 months or more than 3 years - 24 months
Winston County, Noxapater - Apryl M. Triplett - $6,025 - 3 years probation - 24 months

DHS says small 'mom and pop' grocers are usually the type of stores targeted by those trying to defraud the system.

If you suspect a store owner, clerk or client is misusing SNAP benefits, call the Fraud Hotline at 1-800-299-6905.


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