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Lufkin woman gets probation for food stamp fraud

Shannon Farmer mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail. Shannon Farmer mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Shannon Diane Farmer of Lufkin has admitted to her role in a scheme to fraudulently receive food stamps.

Farmer entered a guilty plea Tuesday morning to charges for securing execution of documents by deception, in her case food stamp fraud.  She was placed on five years deferred adjudication.  She will also have to pay $9,758.16 in restitution and $240 in court costs.

Farmer was one of three people indicted by an Angelina County Grand Jury earlier this year.

Thomas Paul White, 39, of Mabank, Martha Elvira Zapata, 31, and Shannon Diane Farmer, 37, of Lufkin, all for securing execution of documents by deception: All three were arrested in October and November after an investigation into food stamp fraud. They were accused of falsifying information in order to gain benefits.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by an Angelina County District Attorney's Office investigator, Farmer used false information in July 2008 in a form used by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services in determining eligibility for food stamp benefits.

The affidavit alleges Farmer stated she was not employed, when, in fact, she was.

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