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County Food Stamps Employee Charged with Embezzling

An employee in the food stamps section (MediCal/CalFRESH) of the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzling $5,394, the District Attorney announced.

A Contra Costa County employee was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzling public assistance funds, county District Attorney Mark Peterson announced.

The employee is a supervisor in the food stamps, or MediCal/CalFRESH, section of the county's Employment and Human Services Department, according to a news release from the DA's office.

She faces up to four years in prison if convicted on all four felony counts of embezzling public funds, falsifying records, and identity theft, the release said.

Here is the full release from Peterson's office: 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY MARK A. PETERSON ANNOUNCES THE ARREST OF AN EMPLOYEE OF THE CONTRA COSTA COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR EMBEZZLING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND FALSIFYING RECORDS

Tina Crosby, 46, a supervisor with the MediCal/CalFRESH (Food Stamps) Unit of the Contra Costa Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) was arrested by the District Attorney’s Public Assistance Fraud Unit on Thursday, December 20, 2012, for embezzling public funds, falsifying records, and identity theft.

After a joint investigation by the District Attorney’s Office and EHSD’s Fraud Unit, it was discovered that Ms. Crosby, while working at a computer at EHSD’s Richmond office, reopened a previously closed file and made false entries resulting in unauthorized benefits of $1,082.00 in cash aid and $1,826.00 in unauthorized Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card benefits. It was determined that Ms. Crosby obtained those funds.

As the investigation progressed, evidence was gathered that showed Ms. Crosby made numerous additional deposits of public funds to the fraudulent EBT card account. Ms. Crosby also made cash withdrawals and grocery purchases with the EBT card.

It is estimated that the total amount of public assistance embezzled in this case is approximately $5,394. Ms. Crosby has been charged with four felonies and faces a maximum of four years in state prison.

Tina Crosby is being prosecuted by the Public Assistance Fraud Unit, which is part of the District Attorney’s Special Operations Division.

Suspected Public Assistance fraud can be reported to the District Attorney Office at (925) 957-8604.

Dive Turn Work December 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Why would anyone risk 4 years in prison to steal $5K? No sense. It's also absurd that she could do more time than the kid who ran over & killed that man & his daughter in Concord. Some justice system we have.
Phil harrington December 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I agree-sell your soul for five thousand dollars? Very sad story
Bons of fire December 22, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Wow, I guess. Why would anyone take something that is used to help people in need. No shame.
Cheryll January 18, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I wouldn't even begin to imagine a person doing that, or intend to defend her. But it does bring to mind how poor so many of us as employees actually are. A large part of our employee base is actually qualified to receive the services we deliver. It will be interesting to see her wage level. As a supervisor she should have been doing ok, so why do such a stupid thing? There must be more to her story.

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