State worker's husband pleads guilty in food stamp scheme

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 5:14pm

The husband of a former state worker will have to pay the Department of Human Services $7,500 for his role in the couple’s scheme to commit food stamp fraud.

Derrick Yvell Trotter, 36, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of food stamp fraud and one count of credit card fraud. A third charge of theft was dismissed.

Trotter received two two-year suspended sentences — to run concurrently — for each of the two counts with supervised probation, and he is required to pay the $7,500 restitution.

Trotter’s sentence is similar to what his wife Felisa Renee Trotter, 38, received in late October. A 13-year DHS employee prior to her arrest, Felisa Trotter pleaded guilty to theft, credit card fraud and food stamp fraud following a Davison County grand jury indictment this summer.

An investigation by the state inspector general’s office found that Felisa Trotter had set up a false food stamp case in Derrick Trotter’s name, leaving off his married status and portraying him as the only adult of the household.

The couple then received food stamps from DHS from the fall of 2008 to early this July. 

2 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 12/1/10 at 6:46

Food stamps are a Federal Program, why did the state jump into this
case, unless of course it was to protect one of their own with a light
sentence. You can bet this $7,500 won't be repaid in the year 2020!

By: tardistraveler on 12/1/10 at 2:27

Although it is a Federal program, it's administered by the State Department of Human Services, hence the State's involvement.