The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 27, 2012

Two charged with food stamp fraud

SUNBURY — Two Northumberland County women have been charged with attempting to defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by allegedly accepting more than $3,000 each in food stamps when they were not eligible.

Beth Heller, 28, of Sunbury, was charged by the attorney general’s Scranton office with unlawfully obtaining $3,462 in public assistance benefits from June 2011 to December while working in a Sunbury restaurant. She allegedly failed to report the job and its income.

Jaydette Schrader, 43, of Milton, was charged with obtaining $3,156 in benefits from June 2011 to November while her husband was employed.

In November 2010, Schrader was interviewed by SNAP agents and determined to be eligible for assistance, court documents said. A year later, it was determined that her husband had been employed and that Schrader did not report his wages to the Northumberland County Assistance Office, thus fraudulently obtaining the $3,156 in aid, court documents said.

Heller also was deemed eligible to receive funds in November 2010, but in October 2011, information was provided to the attorney general’s office that she had been employed since April 2011, documents said.

Both woman were arrested Thursday and arraigned by District Judge Ben Apfelbaum, who released them on $15,000 unsecured bail.


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