Silverthorne food stamp fraudster pleads guilty
Ryan Summerlin September 27, 2012
A woman caught scamming the Summit County Department of Social Services for food stamps pleaded guilty Sept. 18 to forgery of a public record, a Class 5 felony.
Lorna Melott could face a sentence of up to three years in prison and will be responsible for paying back all of the money she received from the government as a result of her deception, according to a statement from the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Melott was employed in July 2011 when she told a social services case worker that she had been laid off from her job and needed food assistance.
She was approved for benefits and informed that she was required to inform the social services department if there was any change in her income levels.
In December 2011, Melott reapplied for additional food stamps and signed forms stating she was still unemployed. She was approved again.
Through the Department of Labor, social services officials later discovered that Melott had, in fact, been employed at the Sav-O-Mat in Silverthorne the entire time she was receiving food assistance and representing herself to be unemployed.
Deputy District Attorney Anne Francis stated Melott was “essentially stealing money that had not been allotted for a person earning an income,” in the release.
A sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 29.