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Former DHHR employee indicted

By Staff reports

A former state Department of Health and Human Resources employee was indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Charleston on fraud and identity theft charges.

Shannon Collins, 41, of Logan, faces 35 counts of mail fraud, access device fraud, Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft.

In 2009, Collins, who also sometimes goes by Shannon Varney, worked as a case worker in the Logan DHHR office, according to a news release Wednesday from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office.

Federal prosecutors say she used the Social Security numbers of two dead people to create false accounts so she could claim benefits.

Collins allegedly obtained $52,000 fraudulently from the DHHR.

She faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of mail fraud and two years of mandatory incarceration on each count of aggravated identity theft, the release states. Collins also faces up to five years of prison on the charge of misusing Social Security numbers and ten years on the access device fraud charge.


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