By Associated Press - Thursday, June 7, 2018

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (AP) - The vice mayor of a Tennessee city and two others have been charged in an alleged food stamp fraud conspiracy.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a grand jury issued an 80-count indictment against LaFollette Vice Mayor Joseph David Bolinger, Jennifer Lynn Brown and Jimmie Ivey this week. The three were arrested Wednesday. Sixty-eight-year-old Bolinger, 34-year-old Brown and 62-year-old Ivey are each charged with fraudulent receipt of food assistance. Ivey also is charged with 70 counts of theft less than $1,000.

Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins says Ivey and Brown gave people cash for items they had bought with EBT cards at their store, and then sold the items for profit. Authorities haven’t said how Bolinger is involved.

They are set to appear in court on June 18. The newspaper didn’t report if they had lawyers.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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