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Deputies accuse 3 of food stamp fraud

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Posted: Aug 7, 2014 4:42 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: Aug 7, 2014 5:31 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Slidell, Folsom, DCFS, food stamp, fraud, arrests, SNAP

SLIDELL - Sheriff's deputies in St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said they arrested three people accused of unauthorized use of food stamps after an investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services.

Each of the suspects concealed information about their household during the application process in order to receive the benefits.

28-year-old Ronnie McCahill and 27-year-old Mary Beth Doran of Folsom were arrested on July 28. McCahill and Doran live together with their three children and another child that belongs to McCahill.

From 2010 to 2012, McCahill filed for and received benefits for himself and his child, but did not report that he was living with Doran, who was employed at the time.

By failing to report Doran's income, he illegally received more than $11,000 in SNAP benefits.

Doran applied for and received benefits for herself, her husband and her three children from 2010 to 2011. She failed to report that she was employed during the period.

By not reporting her income, she illegally received more than $3,500 in SNAP benefits.

Deputies also reported the arrest of 37-year-old Dawn Johnston of Slidell on August 6.

Johnston filed for and received benefits for herself, her husband and her three children from 2010 to 2011. She did not report that she was employed during that whole time and illegally received nearly $4,000 in SNAP benefits.

The three arrests came after DCFS completed an investigation into the food stamp benefits the two families were receiving and turned the information over to the St. Tammany Parish who obtained warrants for the arrests.

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