Woman facing fraud charge for food stamps

A 51-year-old woman faces a felony fraud charge as the result of an investigation that revealed she received $4,000 more in food stamps than she was entitled to receive, a state investigator reported.

Sandra K. Ashcraft of Seymour was arrested by Seymour police officers at 1:22 a.m. Saturday on that Level 6 felony charge.

Her arrest stems from an investigation that began July 28, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by Scott Davis.

Davis, an investigator with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s compliance division, said the investigation showed Ashcraft began receiving food stamps in 2009 and continued to receive them through July 1 of this year.

The investigation showed on two separate occasions, Ashcraft submitted applications for public assistance to the Jackson County Division of Family Resources that did not list her correct address and did not include all sources of income or information about other members of the household.

According to court documents, Ashcraft received $4,253 in food stamp benefits that she was not entitled to between August 2015 and July of this year.

If convicted on the fraud charge, Ashcraft faces a potential sentence of six months to 2½ years in jail.

Ashcraft was being held without bond Monday pending her initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.