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LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) -
Eight people from Livingston Parish have been arrested for allegedly defrauding a food stamps program.
The Department of Children and Family Services says those arrested failed to report spouses and other household members and using false documents to obtain benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Holly Solieau, 30, has been charged with felony theft of government assistance for not reporting the father of her kids as a household member to get $20,000 in benefits.
Shanea Jones-Norris, 39, is accused of not reporting her husband, Bradley Norris, as a household member to get almost $12,000 in benefits. Bradley Norris was also arrested and charged with using false documentation to get SNAP benefits.
Crystal Reeves, 30, allegedly failed to report her husband as a member of the household to get $10,000 in benefits over a two year period.
Rebecca Coats, 33, is accused of not reporting her spouse as a household member to obtain $9,000 in benefits. Her mother, Melissa Calloway, was also arrested for helping Coats get the benefits.
Kellie and Joseph Germany are accused of getting $4,600 in benefits they weren't eligible for from SNAP.
"DCFS works diligently to root out and investigate cases of suspected fraud and abuse in the public assistance programs," said DCFS Secretary Ruth Johnson. "We are committed to the prosecution to the fullest extent of the law all those who seek to defraud these programs intended to provide critical nutrition and other assistance to children and families who truly are in need."