Brewton Man Pleads Guilty To Food Stamp Fraud
United States Attorney Kenyen Brown announces that William Douglas Smith, of Brewton, Escambia County, Alabama, pled guilty to Federal felony charges of illegally obtaining Food Stamps. While Smith was receiving Food Stamps he was required to complete short form Food Stamp applications during December, 2006 and November, 2007. Smith, for the purpose of obtaining Food Stamps, knowingly and intentionally made false statements on those applications when he knew that he was certifying under penalty of perjury that his answers on the applications were true and correct. Among other false statements, Smith stated that he had not worked since May 2002, when he had in fact been working since that time at his own business; that he had $17.21 in his bank account on December 4, 2006, when he had more than that in his bank account; and that he did not receive money for work he did, including income from self-employment, when he in fact received substantial income from self-employment in a business. As a result of Smith’s false statements, he acquired and possessed benefits, Food Stamps, of a value of more than $5,000, in a manner not authorized by law.
The Office of Inspector General, United States Department of Agriculture and Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service investigated this case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Bordenkircher and Charles Baer on behalf of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama.
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