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3 guilty in $8M food stamp fraud case

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Three people were convicted last week in federal court on fraud charges involving food stamps and the Women, Infant and Children Program.  

Rashella Reed, 41, of Riverdale, GA; Derrick Robinson, 41, of Riverdale, GA; and Tory Hardwick, 21, of Chattanooga, TN, conspired to traffick more than $8 million in government benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and WIC. 

There were 16 defendants charged with the scheme and the other 13 defendants pleaded guilty.  

Thirteen locations around Georgia including stores in Savannah, August, Atlanta, Decatur, Macon and Columbus operated as phony grocery stores that were used as a front to buy the more than $8 million food stamps and WIC vouchers for cash, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia. 

Reed, Robinson and Hardwick owned or operated The Baby Spot store in Decatur. 

SNAP and WIC recipients were paid anywhere from $.10 to $.60 on the dollar for their benefits, and the defendants and other conspirators kept the rest, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office.

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