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Woman charged with getting services after children gone

Jenise Marie Skramstad, 37, of 31684 320th St., Ogema has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony wrongfully obtaining assistance.

According to court records, on Sept. 2, she applied for Minnesota Family Investment Program, food stamps, and Medical Assistance benefits for herself and five children.

She acknowledged on the application form that she was required to inform the human services department if her circumstances changed, for instance, if a child was no longer living with her.

On Nov. 26, White Earth Indian Child Welfare workers removed the five kids from her home and they went into out-of-home placement.

So the children were absent from the home at least in December and January, but she allegedly failed to inform human services and continued to collect full benefits.

She allegedly wrongfully received $1,546 in MFIP money and $1,140 in food benefits, for a total of $2,986.

She allegedly admitted to staff at human services that she had knowingly failed to report her children's absence and pleaded with them not to pursue criminal charges.

She was given the opportunity to cooperate with human services to avoid criminal charges and left one phone message in January, but has not been heard from since.

On Thursday in Becker County District Court, Judge Steven A. Anderson issued a summons for her to appear in court Aug. 3.