Monday, May 11, 2015

Two Local Residents Charged and Convicted of Food Assistance Fraud

On May 11, 2015, Darke County Sheriff’s Office Detective Rachael Kuzmicki, along with Darke County Prosecutors, concluded the case against two local individuals accused of trafficking food assistance cards.

David and Betty Harter, of Greenville, were formally charged in November 2014 after the Grand Jury indicated them on 2-counts of trafficking food stamps, a fourth-degree felony. Detectives conducted the investigation totaling over $5,900 in fraud. The Harters told Detectives they paid at least three people in cash for their Ohio food assistance cards. The Harters also claimed the food purchased with the food assistance cards was used for catering jobs and get-togethers with family members.

The investigation uncovered the activity took place from 2013 to 2014. The three individuals had been trading their EBT cards for cash to purchase illegal narcotics. Some of the individuals receiving benefits offered to sell their EBT cards to the Harters for 50 cents on the dollar.

Mrs. Harter plead guilty to the fourth degree felony charge, while Mr. Harter plead to a lesser misdemeanor.

The three individuals who admitted to selling their food assistance cards have all plead guilty and have been sentenced by the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stand against the illegal trafficking of food assistance benefits in our community. One of the most effective weapons against crime is the information received from concerned citizens who observe and report illegal activities in their areas. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-2020 with information regarding any criminal activity. Citizen may also contact the Darke County Job and Family Services Fraud Hotline at (937) 548-4132 (ext. 257) to report fraudulent activity. Information can be left anonymously.

Detective Kuzmicki started the investigation assignment in May 2014 and has saved Darke County Job and Family Services a total of $581,731 year-to-date.

For more information, please visit the Darke County Sheriff’s Office online at or

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