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More than a dozen arrested for SNAP, TANF fraud

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The Mississippi Department of Human Services says its investigators uncovered thousands of dollars in fraud recently. The Mississippi Department of Human Services says its investigators uncovered thousands of dollars in fraud recently.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Department of Human Services says its investigators uncovered thousands of dollars in fraud and made several arrests recently.

According to MDHS more than a dozen people were arrested for defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. MDHS says more than $300,000 in restitution and fines will be repaid with these recent arrests.

According to MDHS, SNAP and TANF fraud are usually the result of someone withholding income or household information that could deem them ineligible to receive benefits.

"SNAP is designed to help low-income people put food on the table. SNAP fraud, however, hurts everyone. The local store where purchases would have been made loses revenue and, of course, the family suffers because of the loss of benefits that would have allowed for appropriate food purchases," said MDHS Director of Fraud Investigations Kenneth Palmer. 

The following Mississippians were arrested this spring:

  • 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

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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