Sixth worker pleads in fraud probe

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Posted: Aug 11, 2010 8:46 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Updated: Aug 11, 2010 11:20 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: person, plea, guilty, disaster food stamp, fraud, state, worker, St. Mary Parish

A sixth person has pleaded guilty in the federal government's ongoing investigation into disaster food stamp fraud.

Dorothy Reedom, who had worked for the Department of Social Services' Office of Family Support in St. Mary Parish, pleaded guilty Monday to theft of public money, property or records.

Reedom is one of 13 state workers charged in a 57-count indictment involving the theft of more than $50,000 in federal food stamp benefits from 2005 to 2008.

Reedom and others are accused of fraudulently obtaining and using the money for themselves, family and friends after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.

Reedom faces a possible maximum prison sentence of one year and a fine of $100,000.

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