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Alcorn County woman indicted for SNAP fraud

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An Alcorn County woman is facing an indictment for allegedly fraudulently obtaining government assistance.

Law enforcement in late February served an arrest warrant on Beverly Sandoval after investigators with the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) discovered that she had received $27,078.00 in SNAP benefits by falsifying her household income.

Based on the evidence obtained during the investigation, the case was referred to the Alcorn County District Attorney’s office. The Alcorn County District Attorney secured an indictment in December 2023, and Alcorn County officials later apprehended Sandoval nearly three months later.

“This is a great example of collaboration between our investigations team, county office, and local law enforcement,” MDHS Inspector General Sandra Griffith said.

Agent Reginald Adams of the MDHS Investigations Division investigated the case. The Investigations Division is a subset of the MDHS Office of the Inspector General, which was created in August 2018 and charged with detecting, preventing, and deterring fraud, waste, and abuse.

“This investigation demonstrates the strengthened controls we have in place to identify, investigate, and eliminate fraud in our programs,” MDHS Executive Director Bob Anderson said.

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