2 Indicted In TBI SNAP Fraud Case

2 Indicted In TBI SNAP Fraud Case

CREATED Jul 19, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two people, including a former DHS worker, have been indicted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on fraud charges.

Officials with the TBI said 43-year-old Tracey Deshaye Timbs and 31-year-old Michael Nichols were indicted Monday by a Wilson County Grand Jury on numerous charges of fraud.

The TBI said Timbs created and sold fake SNAP accounts out of a Lebanon office on Legends Drive, where she worked as an Eligibility Counselor.

Timbs has also been accused of tampering with government records to create the accounts and producing EBT cards and mailing them to several people in exchange for cash and drugs. The TBI said Nichols was one of those recipients.

More than 40 alleged false accounts with more than $150,000 in benefits were said to have been distributed fraudulently.

The Department of Human Services has since fired Timbs.

Timbs is currently facing charges of 10 counts of Identity Theft Trafficking, one count of Official Misconduct, one count of Food Stamp Fraud, one count of Fraudulent Receipt of Temporary Assistance and one count of Tampering with Government Records. Nichols was also charged with three counts of Food Stamp Fraud and three counts of Fraudulent Receipt of Temporary Assistance.

Both suspects were booked into the Wilson County Jail Friday night and were released after posting bond.

The TBI said additional charges and arrests are possible. The investigation remains ongoing.