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6/12/08--East Texas

Fraud Investigator Arrested

Melva Blakemore Melva Blakemore

by Donna McCollum

A food stamp fraud investigator, hired to stop abuse of the service program, has spent time in jail herself.

Melva Blakemore is out on bond, but she was in jail earlier this week. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services investigator is charged with bribery and abuse of official capacity.

The allegation is she would take money from the people she was investigating. In return she wouldn't report them. The Texas Rangers are on the case. They're now going back over the cases she's handled since 1994.

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