ATLANTA – Chase Latrice Elliot, 38, of Atlanta, Georgia, was indicted last week by a Fulton County grand jury of four counts of False Statements and five counts of Public Assistance Fraud. Each offense is punishable by one to five years of imprisonment.
According to the charges contained in the indictment and other public records: The Department of Human Services (DHS) administers the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) commonly referred to as “food stamps.” On seven separate occasions between September 29, 2016, and November 6, 2020, Elliot allegedly submitted fraudulent applications and renewal forms to obtain food stamps. During this time, Elliot falsely underreported her income or failed to report income altogether. On four separate occasions, Elliot submitted falsified direct deposit “pay stubs” to reflect significantly less income. Payroll records indicate that Elliot was actually employed and earning wages every single month she applied for benefits.
In total, Elliot improperly obtained $14,989.00 in food stamp benefits.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the state’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
The Georgia Office of the Attorney General is prosecuting the case. The case was jointly investigated with the DHS Office of Inspector General.
For further information, please contact the Office of the State Inspector General at [email protected]