Mansfield Woman Commits Alleged Food Stamp Fraud
Hardy pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of food stamp benefit fraud. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Stamp Program is known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) administers SNAP in Texas.
"The investigation began in 2012 when the Southwest Region USDA, Office of the Inspector General, received a referral about an individual who was receiving SNAP benefits who had failed to disclose a change in household composition and income from the ownership of two businesses," Focus Daily News reported.
That individual was later identified as Hardy.
"The investigation revealed that Hardy and her husband, who is the father of her youngest child, were married on February 14, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. On April 8, 2010, Hardy submitted a SNAP benefits application, certifying she was a 'single-parent-mother,' with no income, living in a household that consisted only of her children," the article continued.
Hardy’s application was approved, and she began receiving SNAP benefits. Click here to read the full report.