Ex-state worker pleads guilty

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Posted: May 12, 2010 6:35 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: fraud, food stamps, investigation, plea, guilty, social services, state, worker, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita

A former state social service worker has pleaded guilty in connection with a federal food stamp fraud
investigation that has resulted in charges against 13 people.

Andrea Broussard admitted to getting $345 in federal disaster assistance in 2005 after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

She once worked for the state Department of Social Services.

Broussard faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud.

Prosecutors said a group of state employees allegedly obtained some of the food stamp benefits using the names of dead relatives.

The social services department says all of the accused employees have either retired or been fired.

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