A Wells Fargo worker was banned for life from receiving food stamps, after prosecutors said she reaped nearly $49,000 in payments by failing to say she worked for the bank.
Rashida Monique Redic, 34, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty in Mecklenburg County Superior Court last week to felony accessing government computers, felony child care subsidy fraud and felony food stamp fraud, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said.
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Redic has a part-time job at the bank calling delinquent mortgage borrowers and taking calls from them.
Judge Casey Viser also ordered Redic to pay $19,916 to the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services’ child care subsidy program and a civil lien of $28,776 to the federal Food and Nutrition Services program.
Viser sentenced Redic to at least a year in prison, but suspended the sentence if Redic completes five years of supervised probation.
From June 2010 to May 2014, Redic applied for child care subsidies and food and nutrition services for herself and her children, according to the district attorney’s office.
To receive those services, applicants must provide all of their employment information, including where they work and their income.
Redic reported only that she was a hair stylist those years. An investigation revealed that she also worked for the bank. As a result, both programs overpaid Redic a total of $48,692 in subsidies, prosecutors said.