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Women charged with stealing SNAP benefits

The Letcher Grand Jury has named six people in nine indictments including two women charged with fraudulently receiving SNAP food stamp benefits.

Martha Sue Hall, 46, also known as Martha Sue Elswick, of 77 Morgan Lane, Jackhorn, is charged with making false statements and/ or failing to disclose a material fact used in determining qualifications to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, under which she received $61,599.90 in assistance.

Hall is also charged with failing to report a change in factors affecting eligibility requirements for the SNAP program, fraudulently using an EBT identification card to receive benefits from the SNAP program, devising a scheme to obtain SNAP benefits, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Thomas R. Bartley, a special investigator with the federal Office of Inspector General, testified in the case.

Also indicted by the grand jury are:

• Sonya Kay Back, 37, also known as Sonya Kay Dixon, of 160 Bates Fork, Hallie, who is accused of making false statements and/or failing to disclose a material fact used in determining qualifications to receive benefits under the SNAP food stamp program, under which she received $3,664 in assistance.

Back is also charged with failing to report a change in factors affecting eligibility requirements for the SNAP program, fraudulently using an EBT identification card to receive benefits from the SNAP program, and devising a scheme to obtain SNAP benefits.

• Thelma Lois Mullins, 43, also known as Thelma Lois Potter, of 354 Shae Fork, Millstone, who is charged with reckless driving, operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants (fourth offense within 10 years), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), criminal possession/use of drug paraphernalia and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department Deputy Josh Pease testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Mullins is charged with first-degree bail jumping for leaving in-patient substance abuse treatment without permission and thereafter failing to appear for a rescheduled preliminary hearing in Letcher District Court in a pending felony proceeding. She is also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Letcher Circuit Deputy Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the case.

In a third indictment, Mullins is charged with first-degree bail jumping for leaving in-patient substance abuse treatment without permission and failing to report to Letcher District Court in a pending felony proceeding. She is also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Deputy Clerk Wright testified in the case.

• Joseph C. Profitt, 43, of 3904 Thornton Road, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in a pending felony proceeding.

In a second indictment, Profitt is charged with firstdegree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in a pending felony proceeding.

Letcher Circuit Deputy Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the cases.

• Amanda Rashell Duty, 36, also known as Amanda Rashell Sandlin, of 230 Buster Road, Millstone, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to appear in Letcher Circuit Court in a pending felony proceeding.

Deputy Clerk Wright testified in the case.

• Jeffrey Jay Sturgill, 26, of 119 Little Biggs Road, McRoberts, who is charged with first-degree bail jumping for failure to report to Letcher District Court after leaving inpatient substance abuse treatment at Bell Grove Springs Treatment Facility pursuant to court order and/or conditions of the bond previously posted in connection with a pending felony proceeding.

Deputy Clerk Wright testified in the case.

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