Two Monroe County residents have been charged with food stamp fraud in a statewide crack down by the state the state Inspector General that netted 44 alleged fraudsters, who officials said owe the state $143,372 in restitution.


Locally, third-degree felony charges were filed against Maura P. Amman, of Stroudsburg, for allegedly defrauding the state of $4,133, and Takina Maxwell, of Tobyhanna, who allegedly defrauded the state of $3,349.


If convicted, the maximum penalty they face is seven years in prison and a fine of $15,000, plus, in the case of supplemental nutrition assistance program, formerly known as food stamps, cash assistance, or subsidized day care fraud, a mandatory disqualification period from the benefits program they allegedly defrauded.