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Authorities accuse 5 GAO employees of school lunch fraud

August 11, 2015

Five employees of the U.S. Government Accountability Office have been indicted on charges of fraudulently securing reduced-price school lunches for their children in a Maryland county near the nation’s capital.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement Tuesday that the employees have been charged with theft, fraud and filing false applications. Alsobrooks says the full price for a public school lunch is $2.65 and the reduced price, 40 cents. She estimated the employees’ children got about $11,500 in reduced-price lunches.

GAO spokesman Charles Young says an audit showed the employees underreported their income or reported having no income. The results of the audit were given to the state’s attorney.

He says the GAO, a federal watchdog agency, will follow the legal process.

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