NORTHPORT, Maine — Two Northport women were fined Monday after admitting to using the electronic benefit card of a dead relative.
Debra L. Clifford, 43, and Judy L. Chaples, 50, pleaded guilty Monday morning in Knox County Unified Court to theft by deception and misuse of public benefits.
The women were fined $500 and ordered to repay the state $472 for goods purchased with the EBT card.
Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said after the hearing that in July 2015 the women used the EBT card of a relative who had died. The card was used multiple times, including at the Hannaford supermarket in Rockland, the prosecutor said.
An investigator for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services looked into the matter and the two were charged.