Officers pose as potential food stamp buyers, arrest 2

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department arrested two Seymour residents within 20 minutes of receiving word of welfare fraud Friday.

The sheriff’s office was alerted that someone was using text messages to spread the word that food stamps were for sale for 50 cents on the dollar.

Posing as potential buyers, officers contacted the person selling the food stamp benefits. Officer Scott Davis, who has a background investigating welfare fraud, arranged to meet one of the suspects.

Police met up up with a woman and her boyfriend who were selling $150 worth of food stamps for $75.

Misty F. Woods, 34, and Joshua Turner, 33, were charged with aiding, inducing or causing welfare fraud, a class A misdemeanor.

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Fentanyl patches were found on Woods.

Documents on Turner indicated he had received the food stamps five days earlier.