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Two Lexington County women plead to food stamp fraud in Lexington, Orangeburg Counties

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that Janet Bunch Oatman was sentenced today by Judge Dickson to Fraudulent Acquisition or Use of Food Stamps in an amount greater than $2,000, but less than $10,000 in Orangeburg County.

Today’s sentencing hearing marked the conclusion of the prosecution of a Food Stamp Fraud conspiracy between Oatman and another Lexington county resident, Stacey Jean Gladden. The two women conspired together to present false income information on each of their SNAP benefit applications and recertification documents to the Department of Social Services which led to each receiving thousands of dollars in SNAP benefits for which they were not otherwise entitled.

On September 13, 2017 Stacey Gladden pleaded under N.C. v. Alford to one count of felony Fraudulent Acquisition or Use of Food Stamps in an amount greater than $2,000 but less than $10,000 in Lexington County. Judge William P. Keesley sentenced Gladden to 90 days’ incarceration suspended on 5 years’ probation with $5,000 in restitution ordered to be paid back to the Lexington County Department of Social Services.

In total, Oatman pleaded guilty and was sentenced on three felony indictments. On October 18, 2017, Oatman pleaded guilty to one count of Fraudulent Acquisition or Use of Food Stamps in an amount greater than $10,000 and one count of Fraudulent Acquisition or Use of Food Stamps in an amount greater than $2,000 but less than $10,000 in Lexington County. Judge William P. Keesley sentenced her to 5 years’ incarceration suspended on 5 years’ probation with a total of $15,281 in restitution ordered to be paid back to the Lexington County Department of Social Services. On August 8, 2017, Oatman pleaded guilty to one count of Fraudulent Acquisition or Use of Food Stamps in an amount greater than $2,000 but less than $10,000 in Orangeburg County and was subsequently sentenced today by Judge Edgar W. Dickson to 5 years’ incarceration suspended to 5 years’ probation to run consecutively to her Lexington county sentences and $5,971 in restitution ordered to be paid to the Orangeburg County Department of Social Services.

Assistant Attorney General Sam Jones prosecuted the case after the investigation by the Department of Social Services.