Food Stamp Clients Get Letter Asking If They Stole $100


EAST ST. LOUIS, IL. (KPLR) – Several clients at the Illinois Department of Human Services said they received a letter from their case worker “accusing” them of theft.

“It basically accused us of stealing, and it threatened us with criminal charges,” Tequila Wilson said.

It was an official letter from the DHS, but officials there said they had nothing to do with it.

“I can’t believe she sent that to all of us,” Wilson said.

A wallet with $100 inside of it was stolen from the case worker’s office in Dec. 24, according to a police report.

“She took it upon herself to send a letter to everyone she saw in her office that day,” Wilson said.

Reona Pearson also received a letter.

“It shocked me and made me feel horrible,” Pearson said.

Both women said they want a new case worker.

The police are investigating the theft and the DHS is investigating the letter.

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