Food stamp fraud cases settled

In a month dedicated to public assistance fraud awareness in Ohio, May saw two local women convicted of illegal use of food stamps and sentenced to five years of community control.

St. Marys resident Karrie L. Jenkins-Carey, 36, was convicted of two felonies of the fourth degree, including one count of attempted illegal use of nutritional supplements, or food stamps, and a second count of theft by deception.

In an unrelated case, Jessica L. Jeanneret, 40, of Cridersville, was convicted of one count of illegal use of nutritional supplements, also a fourth-degree felony.

Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce said Jenkins-Carey had been fraudulently obtaining child-care benefits from the Auglaize County Department of Job and Family Services from April 2010 until October 2013. In that time, she had collected $23,889 in illegal benefits.

For the full story, see the Saturday, June 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.