Arrest made in food stamp fraud case

Jami Burney (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff's Office)

BLADENBORO, N.C. (WWAY) — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a food stamp case.

On Tuesday, July 13, authorities charged Jami Edwards Burney, 34, of Bladenboro with the following charges: Illegal Possession and Use of Food Stamps, and two counts of Obtaining Property By False Pretenses.

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The illegal use of food stamp charges stems from Burney allowing others to use her food stamp EBT card from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, totaling $1,499.01.

The false pretense charges arise from Burney claiming dependents that were not legally hers to claim as far as food and nutrition benefits. The amount obtained falsely was $1,408.00.

The Sheriff’s Office has also issued two criminal summons in relation to the case: Eula Wiggins Burney, 66, and Linda Kay Wiggins, 62 — both of Bladenboro — are wanted for use of Burney’s EBT card.

The use of someone else’s EBT card without being an authorized user is a violation of law under North Carolina General Statute 108A-53.1(B)

Some reports estimate that over 3 million people receive food stamp assistance in a program that services approximately 40 million Americans.