Women plead guilty to defrauding USDA summer food program

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Two woman pleaded guilty this past week to charges of mail fraud and unlawful monetary transactions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Eastern District of Virginia.

Cindy Hall, 41, of Monroe, North Carolina, pleaded to both charges yesterday. Her mother, 61-year-old Franklin resident Stephanie Almond pleaded guilty to mail fraud on Jan. 27.

Officials say that, according to statements of facts filed with the plea agreements, Hall ran a non-profit organization known as Send Thee Community Outreach.

This organization was ran to allegedly administer the Summer Food Service Program, which is a USDA program used to feed children after free lunch programs end at the conclusion of the school year.

Officials say Hall submitted fraudulent claims in 2012 and 2013 for Virginia Department of Health — who administers the USDA program in the state — for reimbursement.

These claims reportedly resulted in Hall receiving at least $150,000.

Almond also ran a non-profit which was involved in the USDA program between 2008 and 2011, when she was disqualified by the Virginia Department of Health.

She continued to be involved in the Summer Food Service Program with Hall.

The two women were indicted in October of 2015, and could face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

They are scheduled to be sentenced May 4.

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