3 plead guilty to food stamp fraud

JACKSON — Mary Loyd of Hinds County and Sheretta Johnson and Jacqueline Smith, both of Washington County, have pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud and must pay combined restitution of more than $33,000. That’s according to an announcement Monday from the state Department of Human Services.

Special Hinds County Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn ordered Loyd to pay $26,290 in restitution. Loyd is disqualified from receiving benefits for 12 months from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program.

Johnson and Smith pleaded guilty Oct. 20, in Washington County Justice Court. Judge Laverne Holmes Carter ordered Johnson to pay $3,166 in restitution and fines and Smith to pay $3,909. Both are disqualified from the SNAP program for 24 months.

The Associated Press