A former state worker has been indicted on food stamp fraud.  Ryan Anderson from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office says Alina Lipsey is accused of creating false client families and having the benefits sent to P.O. Boxes she had rented.  Anderson says Lipsey “was using her position as a program service

evaluator for the Department of Economic Security to fraudulently obtain cash assistance and food stamp benefits.”  Anderson says the incidents allegedly occurred between October 2010 and June 2011 and cost the state over 36-thousand dollars.  He says this was an elaborate scheme, but investigators soon uncovered red flags that gave them pause.  When investigators combed the documents, it was discovered all four children had the same date of birthday and discrepancies with the social security numbers were also found.

Anderson says the case had remained inactive until they were reopened by prosecutors that began work under Mark Brnovich when he took over in January.


Kris Dugan