RI State Police: 24 people accused of stealing $50K in food stamps

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Twenty-four people have been accused of fraudulently obtaining a combined total of nearly $50,000 in public assistance and food stamps, Rhode Island State Police announced Tuesday.

Authorities said they conducted investigations into the unauthorized spending of Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, funds and discovered the alleged theft of state assistance benefits in the amount of $48,966.12.

The suspects, along with their charges, include the following:

  • Sandra Hernandez, 35, Newport: Obtaining money false pretenses, fraudulently obtaining assistance and perjury
  • Madaley Lopez, 29, Central Falls: Fraudulently obtaining assistance, fraudulent use of food stamps and conspiracy
  • Janely Lopez, 27, Central Falls: Fraudulently obtaining assistance, fraudulent use of food stamps and conspiracy
  • Kimberly Turnage, 41, Newport: Fraudulently obtaining assistance, fraudulent use of food stamps and conspiracy
  • Frank Turnage, 49, Newport: Fraudulently obtaining assistance, fraudulent use of food stamps and conspiracy
  • Aileen Ramos, 38, North Smithfield: Fraudulently obtaining assistance, fraudulent use of food stamps and conspiracy
  • Taylor Rego, 23, Johnston: Fraudulently obtaining assistance, fraudulent use of food stamps and conspiracy
  • Danielle Orsini, 25, Johnston: Fraudulently Obtaining Assistance, Fraudulent Use of Food Stamps and Conspiracy
  • Jessica Blinn, 35, Newport: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Maryann Lovenbury, 61, Cranston: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Alba Gonzalez, 39, Providence: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Karen Delgizzo, 55, North Providence: Fraudulently obtaining assistance, fraudulent use of food stamps and obtaining money under false pretenses
  • Jeannette Robinson, 57, Hope Valley: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Sandra Greene, 51, Pawtucket: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Crystal Gervais, 38, Cranston: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Anthony Lovell, 59, Providence: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Alicia Moore, 28, Pawtucket: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Mollie Lassiter, 53, Providence: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Gloria Tiberi, 55, Coventry: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps (two counts)
  • Michelle Nelson, 40, Warwick: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Deseri Watts, 36, Hopkinton, MA: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Kevin Smith, 55, Warwick: Fraudulently obtaining assistance and fraudulent use of food stamps
  • Sandra Wilson, 59, Newport: Filing false documents
  • Anne Earnhart, 24, Providence: Fraudulent use of food stamps

Authorities said the suspects were processed at Rhode Island State Police headquarters and held for arraignment.

They also noted that anyone convicted of fraudulently obtaining public assistance may be sentenced to up to five years behind bars and/or fined $1,000 if the value of public assistance was more than $500.

Anyone convicted of fraudulent use of food stamps, will be ineligible to participate in the food stamp program for no less than six months and no more than 24 months.

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