(CANTON) – Agents with the Ohio Investigative
Unit and deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office charged three people
after investigating an individual who sold his girlfriend’s food stamp benefits
through a Facebook account.
March 16, officials charged Barberton residents Bernard Park, 34, and Samantha
Campbell, 29, with illegal use of food stamps. On April 12, Darla Smith, 41, of
Akron, was charged with misuse of a credit card after she purchased food stamp
benefits from Park and Campbell for approximately half the cash value.
was arraigned on April 4. Park’s arraignment took place on April 10. Each were
arraigned in Barberton Municipal Court. Smith will appear in Akron Municipal Court
on April 21.
convicted Park and Campbell could face up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500
fine. Smith could face up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine.
food stamp program provides nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and
families. It is against the law for food stamp recipients to sell his/her
benefits. It is also against the law for another person to purchase these
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