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Grand jury charges 5 with falsifying benefits



The Letcher Grand Jury has named five people in eight indictments charging them with making false statements to receive benefi ts.

They are:

• Edna Kay Middleton — false statement to receive benefits, failure to report changes of eligibility factors to receive benefits, fraudulent use/obtaining food stamp EBT card and fraudulent scheme to obtain public assistance.

Middleton, 44, of 131 Red Allen Lane, Gordon, is charged with making false statements to receive $7,646 in food stamps from May 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

Office of the Inspector General Special Investigator Floetta Brown testified in the case.

• Brian A. Lee — false statement to receive benefi ts, failure to report changes of eligibility factors to receive benefits, and fraudulent use/ obtaining food stamp EBT card.

Lee, 47, of 8067-B, Hwy. 805, Jenkins, is charged with making false statements to receive $2,791 in food stamps from Sept. 1, 2011 to Nov. 30, 2012.

Office of the Inspector General Special Investigator Floetta Brown testified in the case.

• Tina N. Spencer — false statement to receive benefits, failure to report changes of eligibility factors to receive benefits, fraudulent use/obtaining medical identification card and fraudulent scheme to obtain public assistance.

Spencer, 32, of 178 Alaska Ave., Apt. 211, Whitesburg, and 1836 Georges Branch Road, Vicco, is charged with making false statements to receive $2,235 in benefits under the Medicaid Program from Jan. 1, 2007 to April 30, 2012.

In a second indictment, Spencer is accused of making false statements to receive benefits, failure to report changes of eligibility factors to receive benefits, fraudulent use/obtaining food stamp EBT card and fraudulent scheme to obtain public assistance. The grand jury says she received $21,869 in food stamps from Oct. 1, 2008 to August 2012 to which she was not entitled.

Office of the Inspector General Special Investigator Floetta Brown testified in the cases.

• Kayla Newman — false statement to receive benefits, failure to report changes of eligibility factors to receive benefits, fraudulent use/obtaining medical identification card and fraudulent scheme to obtain public assistance.

Newman, 22, of 8067- A., Hwy. 805, Jenkins, is charged with making false statements to receive $4,345.56 in benefits under the Medicaid Program from April 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012.

In a second indictment, Newman is accused of making false statements to receive benefits, failure to report changes of eligibility factors to receive benefits, fraudulent use/obtaining food stamp EBT card and fraudulent scheme to obtain public assistance. The grand jury says she received $8,726 in food stamps from Sept. 1, 2010 to February 29, 2012 to which she was not entitled.

Office of the Inspector General Special Investigator Floetta Brown testified in the cases.

• Melissa Davidson Lee — false statement to receive benefits, failure to report changes of eligibility factors to receive benefits, fraudulent use/obtaining medical identification card and fraudulent scheme to obtain public assistance.

Lee, 46, also known as Melissa Davidson, of 8067-B, Hwy. 805, Jenkins, is charged with making false statements to receive $22,680 in benefits under the Medicaid Program from Aug. 1, 2010 to Nov. 30, 2012.

In a second indictment, Lee is accused of making false statements to receive benefits, failure to report changes of eligibility factors to receive benefits and fraudulent use/obtaining food stamp EBT card. The grand jury says she received $8,915 in food stamps from Nov. 1, 2010 to Oct. 31, 2012. to which she was not entitled.

Office of the Inspector General Special Investigator Floetta Brown testified in the cases.



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