2 Enter Guilty Pleas In $7 Million Food Stamp Fraud

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    MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES GUILTY PLEAS IN $7 MILLION DOLLAR FOOD STAMP FRAUD

    LOIS JOHNSON and ALICE BRADFORD pled guilty to crimes relating to a massive fraud in which millions of dollars of food stamp benefits were unlawfully procured from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. At the time of her arrest, JOHNSON was employed by the New York City Human Resources Administration (“HRA”), the agency responsible for administering the food stamp benefit program in New York City. She pled guilty to one count of conspiring to commit mail fraud, and BRADFORD pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of funds from a federal program. JOHNSON and BRADFORD made their pleas before U.S. Magistrate Judge THEODORE H. KATZ.

    According to the Complaint, Indictment, and statements made today in Manhattan federal court:

    From 2007 through 2010, VANEE SYKES, a co-defendant employed by HRA, used her access to a database that maintains records concerning food stamp benefit cards(“Food Stamp Cards”) to process and approve numerous fraudulent Food Stamp Cards and food stamp benefits using false names, false social security numbers, and false income and expense information. Records from the database reflect that approximately 1,200 fraudulent food stamp benefit cases were created during this period, with the total dollar amount credited onto the fraudulent cards exceeding $7 million.

    As part of the scheme, BRADFORD paid acquaintances for the use of their mailing addresses. She then provided these mailing addresses to SYKES, who fraudulently caused Food Stamp Cards to be mailed to the addresses. BRADFORD sold the majority of the Food Stamp Cards that she received at these addresses for cash and, in turn, provided a portion of the cash to SYKES.
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