ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A director of a halfway house in New York’s Capital Region has admitted stealing residents’ food stamps to buy himself nearly $10,000 in groceries over almost two years.
State Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro announced Thursday that Elwood Powell pleaded guilty to grand larceny.
Tagliafierro and Rensselaer (ren-suh-LEER’) County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly say Powell is to be sentenced to six months in jail. He’ll also have to repay $9,200.
The officials say Powell diverted food stamp benefit cards from 46 residents of 820 River Street Inc. in Troy. He was a program director for the addiction-recovery facility.
The officials say the residents’ benefits were supposed to go to the facility’s account to subsidize their meal costs, but the 55-year-old Powell instead used the cards to buy groceries for himself.