New Castle News

October 10, 2013

Three accused of food stamp fraud

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Three Lawrence County women are accused of unlawfully accepting food stamps.

The women have been charged by the state inspector general’s office in connection with the alleged offenses that involve a total of more than $8,400.

According to court documents:

•Michelle Delposen, 39, of 216 Third St., Ellwood City, failed to report the correct number of household members to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare after Dallas Delposen, who had lived in that household, enlisted in the Navy and was on active duty from June 28, 2011, through April 30, 2012. The agency claims the amount of assistance she received was $4,075.96, which is of felony level.

•Maureen Troutman, 50, of 604 Erie St. obtained $2,270 in food stamp benefits and intentionally failed to disclose to the Lawrence County Assistance Office the household earned income of Douglas Troutman that began Oct. 1, 2011.

•Alexis Ann Cottrell, 35, of Apt. 4, 117 Terrace Drive, received $2,200 in food stamp assistance to which she was not entitled from Oct. 1, 2012, through March 31. She failed to disclose to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare that she was earning wages from Sept. 30, 2012, through March 31.