Woman pleads guilty in food-stamp fraud case

3 years 11 months 13 hours ago Thursday, March 24 2016 Mar 24, 2016 Thursday, March 24, 2016 4:26:00 AM CDT March 24, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A former employee with the Missouri Department of Social Services pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in connection to the misuse of over $52,000 in food-stamp benefits.

The Southeast Missourian reported Thursday Pamela O'Dell pleaded guilty to mail fraud.

Court documents said O'Dell was employed as an eligibility specialist by the Missouri Department of Social Services in Dunklin County and she was responsible for processing applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Prosecutors said between 2009 and 2014, when SNAP applicants and recipients reported they no longer wished to apply for or receive benefits, O'Dell would change their address to the Family Support Division in Dunklin County, which issued a new Electronic Benefits Transfer card using her information. Prosecutors said she misused $52,267 in benefits.

She is scheduled to be sentenced June 20.

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