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Moss Point woman accused of fraud to obtain thousands in state, federal aid


PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — A Sept. 2 trial date has been set for a Moss Point woman accused of making false claims to obtain thousands of dollars in state and federal funding she was not entitled to.

The Sun Herald reports ( a Jackson County grand jury indicted Crystal Owens on one count of food stamp fraud.

Owens has pleaded not guilty.

She is accused of filing fraudulent claims with the state Department of Human Services to obtain over $14,000 she was not entitled.

The indictment says Owens filed paperwork claiming to have five minor children as dependents when she did not.

DHS is a state and federally-funded assistance program.

Owens is currently out of jail on a $20,000 bond.

Online jail records did not list an attorney for Owens.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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