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Mansfield Woman Commits Alleged Food Stamp Fraud

Jun 16, 2015 02:48PM ● Published by Kevin

Rachel Hardy

Rachel Hardy, 36 of Mansfield, and director of a Fort Worth-based funeral home, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $76,494 in restitution, according to a June 10 announcement by John Parker. The acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas reported Judge Lynn ordered that she surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on August 4.

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. 
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