Harrisburg, PA – A Brockway woman is one of 68 Pennsylvanians who were charged with welfare fraud in May by state officials.

33-year-old Rachel Ryland is facing misdemeanor charges for $1,322 in SNAP food assistance fraud.

If convicted, the maximum penalty she could be sentenced is 2 years in prison and a fine of $5,000, plus a mandatory disqualification period from the benefits program.

SNAP trafficking occurs when benefits are exchanged for cash, narcotics, or anything other than the food for which they are intended.

The Office of Inspector General investigates these cases, and they say they take this type of fraud very seriously.

Do you suspect someone is misusing their benefits? To report suspected fraud please call the Welfare Fraud Tipline at 1-800-932-0582 or visit the OIG website at www.oig.pa.gov. Tipsters may remain anonymous.