AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A woman from Warren has been indicted for theft and forgery, in what state officials say may be the single biggest case of welfare fraud in the state’s history.
Robin Snell, 44, was indicted by a grand jury in September on charges of theft by deception and aggravated forgery. She is scheduled to be arraigned on those charges in court in Rockland next Monday.
According to the grand jury indictment, Snell allegedly made DHHS believe her husband was not living at home and wasn’t contributing to the household income. The indictment says that she received benefits from a variety of state programs over an 11-year period, including Temporary Aid to Needy Families, SNAP (better known as food stamps), Maine Care and ASPIRE.
The forgery charges state that Snell falsified documents submitted to DHHS. The indictment claims she defrauded the state of more than $10,000 over that 11-year period, but officials with DHHS indicate they believe the dollar figure exceeds $250,000.
All three charges against Snell are listed as class B felonies.
Snell's attorney denies all the charges and allegations in this case.