Jones Co. woman arrested for fraudulently receiving more than $34,000 in SNAP benefits
PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) - A Jones County woman has been arrested for SNAP fraud by the Investigations Division of the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
Investigators found that Tiffany Combest received an over-issuance of SNAP benefits in the amount of $34,014.00 for multiple children that were no longer in her household.
“This investigation and ultimate prosecution demonstrate the controls we have in place to identify, investigate and eliminate fraud in our programs,” MDHS Executive Director Robert G. “Bob,” Anderson said. “This is also a great example of cooperation between our county office, investigations team and local law enforcement.”
Due to the substantial amount of overpayment and the evidence of alleged fraud found during the investigation, the case was turned over to Jones County District Attorney Anthony Buckley to be presented to the Grand Jury for criminal prosecution.
Buckley secured an indictment on June 24, and MDHS served her with the indictment on Aug. 25 after she was arrested by the Laurel Police Department on other unrelated charges.
The case was investigated by Ryan Stokes of the MDHS Investigations Division.
The Investigations Division is a subset of the MDHS Office of the Inspector General created in August 2018 and charged with detecting, preventing and deterring fraud, waste and abuse within the agency. OIG has been responsible for recovering millions of dollars from SNAP overpayments.
Suspected fraud can be reported to MDHS online any time by submitting the MDHS Fraud Tip Form at https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/report-fraud/, calling the Fraud Tip Line at 1-(800)-299-6905 or email at email@example.com.
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