A woman who allegedly collected $ 23,623 in food stamps and Medicaid benefits while working at a Dunkin ‘Donuts in The Villages has pleaded in a welfare fraud case.
Debra Lee Danley, 57, pleaded not guilty earlier this month in the case in Sumter County Court. She remains free on a $ 5,000 bond.
She is accused of illegally collecting $ 23,623 in food stamps and Medicaid between May 2018 and October 2020. She received $ 12,006 in food stamps and was receiving Medicaid benefits in the amount of $ 11,617, according to an affidavit by Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Public Assistance Fraud complaint.
While receiving help, Danley worked a variety of jobs, most notably at Dunkin ‘Donuts in Spanish Springs Town Square. She has also worked for BravoFlorida LLC and MAC Leesburg Palm Plaza LLC. The affidavit claims that Danley under-reported his income, which allowed him to qualify for public assistance.
The New Jersey native was arrested on a warrant indicting her in the November 3 case at her home at 719 Lee St. A criminal indigent form she filled out for court shows that she currently has three dependents and a net income of $ 400 per week.
In 2012, she was arrested for resisting arrest. However, she went through a pre-trial intervention program and the case was dismissed.