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Duo arrested for $26,000+ food stamp fraud, police say

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Two people were arrested in Gaston County for fraudulently receiving more than $26,000 in food stamp benefits, according to a release from the Gaston County Police Department.

On May 12, officers arrested Crystal Stamey Ball, 34, and Mark Allen Ball, 44, and charged each with twelve counts of food stamp fraud and twelve counts of obtaining property by false pretense. 

Investigators say the duo fraudulently received food stamp benefits from August 2007 to October 2012 by misrepresenting their income and marital status.

The fraud was discovered by the Department of Social Services during an annual case review. Social Services then reported the incident to the Gaston County Police once it was discovered.

The value of the benefits received was approximately $26,187, police told WBTV.

The duo was booked into the Gaston County Jail and later released on bond. 

Police say the investigation into the case is still open, and ask anyone with information to contact the Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3320.

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