The U.S. Attorney’s office Tuesday announced the arrest and indictment of three Indiana Family and Social Services Administration employees.
Robert Edwards, Timberly Snyder and Adina Lopez were each charged with theft from government programs. The three FSSA employees are accused of stealing nearly $200,000 from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Food Stamps program over a roughly 16 month period between 2008 and 2010. U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett says prosecutors will do their best to get that money back.
“The government,” he said, “will vigorously seek restitution of all monies that Hoosier taxpayers have lost.”
FSSA General Counsel Mike Carter says the Indiana agency initiated the investigation that led to Tuesday’s indictments.
“I don’t think this is a problem with the system,” he said. “I think this is evidence of how the system has worked.”
The employees created over-the-counter cards in the names of more than one hundred Hoosiers to then withdraw money from ATMS, buy things at retail stores or sell the cards.
While Edwards and Snyder are no longer at FSSA, Lopez was still employed there as of her arrest. The three face up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.