Grocery store workers plead guilty to SNAP/WIC benefits fraud

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 08/20 2014 03:40PM

Updated 08/20 2014 03:44PM

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

Angela Woods, 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of criminal conspiracy before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. James.

Earlier this week Willie Mae Woods-Jackson, 42, and Kimberlia Harris, 45, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy.

Juanita Woods, 36, pleaded guilty back on on July 24 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 benefits and Women Infant and Children program benefits from Aug. 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.

All the women face up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

A sentencing date for Harris, Angela Woods and Jackson-Woods has been set for Dec. 8.  A sentencing date for Juanita Woods has been set for Nov. 4.

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