LCSO: Woman wanted for food stamp fraud found hiding in closet

Lori Lee

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 15, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Authorities have arrested a Tallahassee woman accused of lying on public assistance applications in order to fraudulently collect over $26,000 in Medicaid and food stamp benefits.

Lori Lee, 29, was arrested on a warrant on Wednesday.

Investigators say Lee submitted public assistance applications to the Department of Children and Families over the course of several years, claiming that her son lived with her. An investigation later revealed that the son was not a member of Lee's household during the time.

Authorities say, as a result, Lee received over $8,400 in food stamp program benefits and over $17,880 in Medicaid benefits that she was not legally entitled to.

A warrant was signed in December for Lee's arrest on a charge of grand theft over $20,000.

On March 13, the Leon County Sheriff's Office received a tip that Lee was possibly at a residence on Prest Court.

Arrest documents say deputies arrived at the home and found Lee hiding in a bedroom closet with a backpack. The backpack was later found to contain pills, heroin, cannabis, and hundreds of dollars in cash.

Lee was taken into custody on the warrant for grand theft and was also charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana, possession of narcotic equipment and violation of parole.

Lee remains in the Leon County Detention Facility.