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Ex-Delaware Worker Gets Prison Time in Food Stamp Fraud Case

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Joellen Edwards Joellen Edwards

DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- A former Delaware worker will serve two years in prison for her role in a nearly $1 million food stamp fraud case.
    
The state Department of Justice says 62-year-old Joellen Edwards of Felton was sentenced after pleading guilty to theft over $100,000 and official misconduct charges. 
    
Edwards was one of seven Delaware Department of Health and Social Services workers indicted in June after an investigation revealed they created more than 100 fake accounts to get electronic benefit transfer cards that could be used to purchase food.
    
The cards were then delivered to state service centers in New Castle and Kent counties where the employees worked. Officials said the suspects then used the cards personally or sold them at a discount.

In addition to her prison sentence, Edwards will be placed on one year supervised probation. She will then remain on unsupervised probation until she pays restitution of $378,880 to DHSS.

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