Veteran’s services, other agencies swindled

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A Marysville woman could be facing nearly two centuries behind bars after allegedly stealing from a variety of governmental agencies.
The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Jessica Nicole Oliver, 27, of 528 Maple St. She is charged with 38 counts of tampering with records and one count each of grand theft, petty theft and theft.
According to court documents, between February 2014 and April of 2018, Oliver allegedly repeatedly lied on applications to a variety of local social service agencies including the Union County Veteran’s Service Board, the county health department and the department of job and family services.
Assistant Union County Prosecutor Rick Rodger said the woman would allegedly go into the agencies and request assistance in the form of food stamps, cash, medical assistance and other benefits. He said the woman allegedly didn’t tell the agencies she was getting help from the others. She would allegedly not tell officials about jobs, income or other people living in her home.
Rodger said Oliver was told she was being investigated and that she needed to turn in paperwork proving her situation.
“She just didn’t obviously,” Rodger said.
He said that in all, Oliver received approximately $54,000 in benefits for which she was not entitled.
If convicted on all counts, Oliver could face as many as 193 years in prison.
Also indicted was:
– Gregory Lee Combs, 43, of 323 S. Walnut St. Combs is charged with one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs and illegal use of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to court documents, Combs was arrested on Feb. 3, with methamphetamines.
If convicted on both counts, Combs could face as many as 13 months in prison.
– Matthew Shayne Stephens, 26, of 123 Taylor Ave. Stephens is charged with one count of aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle intoxicated. According to court documents, on July 15, Stephens had just gotten off work and was driving in the 33000 block of state Route 31, when his car went left of center and struck another car. The driver of the other car suffered “serious physical injury” Rodger said.
Investigators tested Stephens’ blood and found “a high concentration” of marijuana, Rodger said. He said Stephens tested “negative for alcohol, but he had a little bit of morphine in his system.”



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