Misuse of benefits ends with charges for Belfast couple
Belfast — A Belfast couple will appear in court next month to face charges they misused government benefits over a two-month period.
Jamie R. Grotton, 34, and his wife, Wendy L. Grotton, 33, were summoned March 7 on charges of theft by deception and trafficking in benefits. Wendy Grotton was also summoned for violating a condition of release.
In November and December 2016, the couple allegedly went to Hannaford where they purchased a number of prohibited items using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, Detective Sgt. Gerry Lincoln of Belfast Police Department said.
The alleged activity was captured on surveillance cameras and also observed by the store's loss prevention department, Lincoln said. He declined to say what prohibited items the couple purchased using their SNAP benefits.
He said the couple used the self-checkout aisle and logged the prohibited items as a different item — one allowed for purchase using those benefits.
The couple is scheduled to appear in court April 7.
Belfast police worked with a Department of Health and Human Services investigator on the case.