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Former West Virginia DHHR Employee Pleads Guilty To Fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Shannon Collins, 41, of Logan, West Virginia, plead guilty today in federal court in Charleston to defrauding the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). In 2009, Collins, also known as Shannon Varney, worked as a case worker for the DHHR office in Logan County. Using the social security number of two deceased individuals, Collins set up bogus accounts upon which she made claims for benefits, and had the checks mailed to her. Collins also obtained Mountain State Cards (formerly known as the food stamp program), which she used from April to December of 2009. The total combined loss was in excess of $58,000.


Action Details

  • Date:July 21, 2014
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions