Local women among 15 sentenced for DCFS fraud
BATON ROUGE - Individuals from Denham Springs and New Roads were among the 15 convicted of receiving more than $116,000 in ineligible benefits after an investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services.
All of the convicted individuals were charged with falsely reporting household composition or income to illegally obtain between $2,000 to more than $20,000 in SNAP benefits. Some also illegally obtained child care assistance benefits, according to DCFS.
Kassia Culpepper of Denham Springs was sentenced to five years probation after she pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining $5,025 in SNAP benefits by failing to report her earned income.
Tara Foster of New Roads pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining $6,000 in SNAP and CCAP benefits after failing to report her husband as a household member and was sentenced to two years supervised probation.
All of the individuals convicted were ordered to pay fines, court costs and full restitution to DCFS.