Priscilla King of Chestertown, MD entered an Alford Plea in the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County to submitting false applications to obtain Social Service Food Stamp Assistance.  After a lengthy joint investigation involving the Maryland Office of the Inspector General and the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney, Priscilla King was criminally charged with fraudulently obtaining Food Stamp Assistance from the Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services. King submitted several false applications claiming she had no income. The investigation revealed that King was receiving income from a Trust Fund that was in her name and was not reporting this income to Social Services.  After being formally charged with the crimes, King made full restitution in excess of $7,000 to Social Services for the services she fraudulently obtained. On February 14, 23 King was sentenced to 1 year in jail, which was suspended, and has been placed on 18 months of probation. State’s Attorney Lance Richardson, who prosecuted this case, stated “my office will aggressively pursue these types of prosecutions as some financial resources available by Social Services are on a first-come, first-served basis, with a certain amount of money available. When someone defrauds the system that potentially takes away available resources for those individuals that truly need Social Services financial assistance”.