- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A former Illinois Department of Human Services caseworker who used to work at the Woodlawn Family Community Resource Center in Chicago is accused of misappropriating more than $300,000 meant for needy families.

Debra Moore, 63, of Baytown, Texas, and formerly of Chicago, is charged with two counts of acting as an organizer of a continuing financial crimes enterprise, one count of identity theft, one count of wire fraud and two counts of official misconduct. She pleaded not guilty to the felony charges on Tuesday in Cook County court, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.

Moore is accused of selling LINK cards and adding unauthorized benefits to accounts of family and friends in exchange for cash payments. She’s suspected of adding more than $300,000 of unauthorized benefits to ineligible recipients between 2004 and 2013.

“The defendant was employed to provide services to some of our state’s most vulnerable families, and she abused that trust,” Madigan said.

Moore has been out on bond and under electronic monitoring. She’s scheduled to return to court next month.

If convicted of the charges, Moore faces up to 30 years in prison.

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