Woman pleads guilty in nutrition-benefits scam

12:59 AM, Jul 27, 2012   |    comments
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A Savannah woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million in federal funds. 

37-year-old Litricia Allen pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking part in a scheme that netted more than $6 million in food stamps and nutrition-assistance benefits.

Allen and six Atlanta-area residents, including her 57-year-old mother Jewell Allen, were charged in April in the scheme.

Jewell Allen of Atlanta and 41-year-old Petrina Barge of Decatur also entered guilty pleas to a conspiracy charge. The 38-year-old Sabrina Sesberry and her 34-year-old husband Rupert Jones, both of Atlanta, also entered guilty pleas in the case.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Durham says the scheme occurred at 13 storefront operations in Savannah and other cities in Georgia.

All remain free pending sentencing.

Associated Press

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