Two charged for food stamp fraud

Two local residents are being charged for fraudulently obtaining food stamps.

According to court documents, Kathryn M. Keefer, 35, of Port Trevorton, allegedly failed to report that her children were not residing in her household and were not permitted in Juniata County from August 2013 to January 2016.

Court documents indicate that between Sept. 1, 2015 and Jan. 31, 2016, the household received benefits. It was determined that Keefer’s household received $2,372 in benefits which they were not eligible for .

A preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Barbara Lyter is scheduled for Nov. 8.

According to court documents, Kioni N. Blockem, 26, of Lewistown, failed to report she was residing in and receiving benefits from Nash County, North Carolina between Dec. 21, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017.

During the period of Jan. 1, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2017, Blockem’s household received food stamps in Juniata County. It was determined that Blockem received $1,850 which she was not eligible for.

A preliminary hearing with Magisterial District Judge Barbara Lyter is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Incidents were unrelated and were investigated through the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General.

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