Savannah woman pleads guilty to federal fraud charges

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million in federal funds in a scheme that netted more than $6 million in food stamps and nutrition-assistance benefits.

Litricia Allen, 37, admitted to U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. to theft of federal funds in the scheme.

The scheme occurred between February 2009 and June 2011 in Savannah, Augusta, Atlanta and other Georgia cities.

Her mother and a friend also entered guilty pleas to charges in the scheme that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Durham said occurred at 13 “stores” in Georgia.

Also pleading guilty Wednesday were Jewell Allen, 57, of Atlanta, and Petrina Barge, 41, of Decatur. Both pleaded to the conspiracy charge, but waived prosecution by indictment and acted under an information filed by the government.

Litricia Allen and six Atlanta-area residents were charged in April in the scheme to use 13 storefront operations in various Georgia cities to illegally traffic in the benefits in exchange for cash or as payments for non-authorized items.

The participants converted Supplemental Assistance Program, formerly know as the Food Stamp Program and Georgia women, Infant and Children (WIC) program funds to cash, the government charged.

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Jeepster2001
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Jeepster2001 07/27/12 - 01:10 pm
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Throw Them Under the Jail
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Crooks, all of them. If they had put forth the effort they did in stealing "our" money, in real jobs... Of course, it is the entitlement mentality -- I'm "owed" this money. The only good thing to come from this, is that money will go where it is supposed to go, and they will all spend time in "Big Girl Jail" with no parole -- Federal offense, baby...

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scgator 07/27/12 - 11:21 am
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This kind of puzzles me; I am

This kind of puzzles me; I am on Social Security Disability @ 61 years old.....heart attack and two strokes are the culprit...........when I applied for food stamps, we were "eligible" for $68.00 a month for two people................how in the world does someone "gather up" $6M in food stamps and not draw attention to themselves waaaaaaaaaaay before they reach $6M;

I guess, I know............I know a man whose "cousin" works at the food stamp office in Augusta, and has collected the "max" amount for food stamps for as long as I have known him (almost 30 years); and he works everyday at SRS. I don't like this, so I reported it once, and guess who the contact was to report the fraud to..........the "cousin".

As a retired friend of mine that I go to church with told me; he retired from the state with 40 years of service. He said that there is one rule that ALL state employees live by....."don't report anything to Atlanta, don't make waves, or you won't be around long as a state employee. He said it is an "unwritten" policy, but one that is well "understood" policy by all !

David Parker
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David Parker 07/27/12 - 11:22 am
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when is sentencing?

when is sentencing?

or maybe I should ask "Is there sentencing?"

KSL
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KSL 07/28/12 - 12:19 am
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I want pay back. When are we

I want pay back. When are we taxpayers going to get that?

KSL
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KSL 07/28/12 - 12:24 am
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And it needs to come also

And it needs to come also from the government employee enablers, from the lowest level to the top. Everyone in government has someone he reports to all the way to the top.

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