Working to Stop Welfare Fraud


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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Social services fraud investigators are doing what they can to stop welfare fraud.

Sharon Payne, the fraud supervisor for the Department of Social Services in Waynesboro, said they monitor someone's EBT card when the person continues to ask for replacement cards. Often Payne said someone has not reported an extra person in their home or that they have gone back to work.

Recent fraud cases include Edrenna Spradlin, who is charged with false welfare application and four counts of welfare fraud. Samantha Beverage is charged with four counts, and Amanda Farry is charged with one count.

"I'm not sure how you can prevent all of those situations, if someone's intentionally [getting] benefits they're not entitled to receive," said Payne.

When people apply for benefits, they go through an interview process, either in person or over the phone.

Welfare fraud cases are relayed to the commonwealth's attorney, and the department checks every few months.


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