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Rockmart man charged in WIC and food stamp fraud scheme

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A Rockmart man is listed as one of the 54 defendants charged in an $18 million food stamp fraud scheme in Georgia.

Rahdriq Earl Turner, AKA "Roderick Earl Turner" AKA “Rah Rah,” 36, Rockmart, is listed in a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Savannah for his alleged role in a massive statewide scheme to defraud the WIC and Food Stamp programs.

In one of the largest federal food-supplement program frauds ever prosecuted, the fraud involved the purchase of more than $18 million in Women, Infant and Children (WIC) vouchers and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP).

Benefits were purchased for cash through a number of grocery stores throughout the state.

Each of the 54 defendants listed in the larger indictment have been charged with one count of mail and wire fraud conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, and one count of money laundering conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

In addition to the 54-defendant indictment, 34 other defendants have been charged in separate indictments for allegedly selling their WIC vouchers and food stamp benefits for cash. Those defendants allegedly sold for cash more than $1,000 worth of their own benefits or of benefits for minor children.

Click here to view the press release and a list of all persons charged in the indictment.

Turner was also arrested in April of last year in connection with the 2012 shooting death of Anthony "Ant Dog" Tovelle Perkins.

All parties are presumed innocent until they are proven guilty in a court of law. Not every arrest or charge leads to a conviction. A conviction or an acquittal will be determined by the court system.

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