Former DCF Worker Charged In $1.3M Food Stamp Scam

MIAMI (CBS4) – Bond has been set at $835,500 for a former state welfare worker charged in a $1.3 million scam for stealing personal information to get food stamps, which she traded for cash.

Meera Gokool Khan’s indictment on Thursday culminates a two-year investigation. She faces numerous charges including grand theft and racketeering which she allegedly committed while working with the Department of Children and Families.

According to the indictment, Khan used welfare victims’ personal information to obtain food stamps. She conspired with “unscrupulous businesses” to convert the food stamps to cash and collected insurance premiums and other fees for processing food stamp benefits.

Khan worked with DCF for nine years before resigning.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said residents “have a right to be frustrated and enraged” by public employees who enrich themselves in such a way.

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