Ex-W.Va. agency case worker pleads guilty to fraud, faces up to 30 years in prison

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — A former case worker for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is facing up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to fraud.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Shannon Collins of Logan pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Charleston to defrauding the state agency.

Officials say that while working at the agency office in Logan, Collins used the Social Security numbers of two dead people to open fake accounts in order to claim benefits.

She also obtained benefits through the state's food stamp program. The total combined loss was in excess of $58,000.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 29.

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