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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 1, 2015

Perry Woman Sentenced To Four Months On Drug And Food Stamp Fraud Charges

Contact: Jim Moore
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Tonia Smith, 42, of Perry, Maine, was sentenced to four months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for fraudulently acquiring Hydrocodone and food stamp fraud. She was also ordered to pay $3,933.88 in restitution. She pled guilty to the charges on November 18, 2014.

According to court records, from July to November 2013, Smith used her position as a pharmacy technician at the Indian Health Service Center on Pleasant Point Reservation in Perry to steal the pain medication Hydrocodone from the pharmacy and then shredded records that the pharmacy was required to keep in order to conceal her thefts.  The investigation also revealed that from January to November 2013, Smith bought EBT cards from food stamp recipients for amounts less than the credit assigned to each card and then used the cards to make unauthorized purchases.

The investigation was conducted by the Offices of Inspector General of the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture and the Pleasant Point Police Department.

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Updated May 4, 2015