VIRGINIA FOOD STAMP RECIPIENT SENTENCED IN FRAUD CASE

                                                       

 

Dianne Smith (202) 720-6915

diannes@oig.usda.gov

 

VIRGINIA FOOD STAMP RECIPIENT SENTENCED IN FRAUD CASE

 

     WASHINGTON, March 6, 1998--U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspector

General Roger C. Viadero announced today that Diane Virginia Randall, age

41, of White Post, Va., was sentenced on convictions for three charges of

knowingly and unlawfully acquiring excess food stamps and three charges of

making false statements in connection with her food stamp applications.

 

     Randall pleaded guilty to those charges last October in United States

District Court, Charlottesville, Va., before United States District Judge

James H. Michael, Jr.  She had been charged by indictment with fraud

spanning from February 1995 to February 1997.  She was sentenced to serve

three years of probation, to pay the balance of restitution owed to the

Frederick County Department of Social Services in Winchester, and to pay a

special assessment of $600.

 

     During the time period of her fraud, Randall had listed as a household

member, on food stamp applications and review forms, a person whom she then

knew was incarcerated.  This caused her to unlawfully receive more than

$1,990 in food stamps.  The fraud was uncovered when a computer prison match

and subsequent investigation revealed that a person whom she had been

listing as a household member was incarcerated.

 

     "The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the USDA

Office of Inspector General, the Virginia Department of Human Resources, and

the Frederick County Department of Social Services," Viadero said.  "This

was the first federal prosecution of food stamp fraud in the Northeast

region that resulted from the prison match program."

 

     The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office in the

Western District of Virginia.

 

 

 

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