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Aug 20, 2014 4:58 PM

Women accused of scheming food stamp program of $7 million

Three Monroe grocery store workers pleaded guilty in federal court for their roles in a scheme to exchange SNAP and WIC benefits to customers for cash and ineligible items.

27-year-old Angela Woods, 42-year-old Willie Mae Woods-Jackson, and 36-year-old Juanita Woods pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy. In a related matter, Juanita Woods of Monroe, also pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property.

According to evidence presented at the guilty pleas, the defendants conspired to provide customers cash and ineligible items for their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and Women Infant and
Children (WIC) program benefits from August 2008 to early 2014 at Dee's Grocery Store in Monroe where Harris was the owner, Angela Woods was a manager and cashier, Woods-Jackson was a cashier, and Juanita Woods was a cashier.

During the time the scheme took place, they acquired approximately $7 million.

Harris, Angela Woods and Woods-Jackson face up to five years in prison for the conspiracy count. Juanita Woods faces up to 10 years in prison for theft of government money count. They all face up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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