Felton woman gets two years for role in food card theft scheme


Scales Felton womanA  Felton woman received a two-year prison term for her role in the theft of federal funds from an aid program providing money for food benefits.

Joellen Edwards, 62,  pleaded guilty to Theft and Official Misconduct charges.

Edwards was one of seven former employees of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) responsible for issuing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards arrested and indicted earlier this year.

The cards under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which  replaced the food stamp program.

Losses totaled nearly $1 million.  (Click here for the previous story)

An investigation found  the  EBT cards were delivered to State Service Centers in New Castle and Kent County, and intercepted by the suspects working at those locations.

The cards were personally used or sold at a discount.

Edwards was sentenced by Judge Eric Davis to two years in prison, followed by one year of supervised probation. Edwards will then remain on unsupervised probation until she pays restitution of $378,880 to the state.

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