Brunswick man and Lewiston woman charged with welfare theft

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AUBURN — A Brunswick man and a Lewiston woman were charged Tuesday with stealing welfare benefits from the state for a year, after the woman reportedly sold her electronic benefits card to the man.

An Androscoggin County grand jury indicted Gloria Roderick, 63, of 141 Bartlett St., Lewiston, and Michael J. Moody, 60, of 21 Bostwick Road, Brunswick, on charges of theft by deception, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Each was also charged with trafficking in benefits, a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail.

According to court documents, from June 1, 2013, to June 1, 2014, Roderick sold Moody her EBT card that had more than $1,000 in value for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

Roderick allowed the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to believe she was using the card to buy food for her household despite her knowledge that it wasn’t true, court papers said.

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The two have been summoned to appear in court. Both cases are being handled by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

cwilliams@sunjournal.com

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