From EAG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five U.S. Government Accountability Office employees, and hundreds of other federal employees, allegedly under-reported their income or reported no income at all to secure free or reduced price lunches for their children.
Five employees of the federal watchdog agency, including one Prince George’s County school board member, were indicted Tuesday on fraud charges for allegedly stealing free and reduced price lunches for their children, The Washington Post reports.
Those five employees, along with the spouse of an employee, allegedly cost taxpayers $13,000 over four years for the allegedly stolen school lunches by under-reporting their incomes to qualify. They include Prince George’s County school board member Lynette Mundey, as well as Barbara Rowley, Jamilah Reid, Tracy Williams, Charlene Savoy and GAO employee spouse James Pickney.
Mundey turned in her resignation to the board, effective this month, amid the GAO investigation this spring, telling a local newspaper she left to pursue a doctorate degree, according to the Post.
Mundey was appointed to the board by county executive Rushern Baker in 2013, NBC Washington reports.
John Erzen, spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, said the federal employees are “stealing federal dollars that could be going to other students,” according to the news site.
“This program is for people who can’t afford (school lunches), but these are people who can,” he told the Post.
The income threshold for the free and reduced-price lunches is $30,615 for a family of four for free lunches, and $43,568 for…