ENID, Okla. — A woman charged last month with child abuse and obtaining money by false pretense after lying about her daughter’s treatment for cancer is facing additional charges.
Jessica Lynn Good, 32, was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of food stamp fraud, fraudulently obtaining medicaid assistance and fraud in obtaining assistance accusing her of obtaining more than $40,000 in assistance.
If convicted, Good faces up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on the charges of food stamp fraud and fraud in obtaining assistance and up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on the charge of fraudulently obtaining medicaid assistance.
Online court records show Good appeared Wednesday with attorney Ben Barker before Special District Judge Brian Lovell on the charges. He bond was set at $2,500 and she was given an appearance date at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 24.
According to an affidavit filed in the case by Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General Agent Michael Adams, the office received information July 27 stating Good was receiving welfare fraudulently.
It was reported Good failed to report her husband’s income to DHS. If she had reported the income as required, she would not have been eligible to receive welfare benefits, according to the affidavit.
Adams investigated and found between August 2011 and July 2016, Good received SNAP and Medicaid benefits fraudulently, according to the affidavit. During this time, Good lived in the same home with her husband, Jonathan Good, who was employed as an aircraft mechanic at Vance Air Force Base.
From April 2015 through July 2016, Good received SNAP benefits, Medicaid and State Supplemental Payment through DHS fraudulently, according to the affidavit. During this time, Good reported her husband as a member of the household but reported an incorrect income for him. Good reported the income her husband received as a janitor for Oakwood Christian Church but did not report the income he received working as an aircraft mechanic.
The caseworker asked Good if her husband was working at Vance and Good denied his employment, according to the affidavit.
Good obtained assistance based upon information she submitted through application either in person or online to the Garfield County DHS office in Enid, according to the affidavit. Good submitted applications on or about: Aug. 19, 2011; July 2, 2012; Jan. 2, 2013; June 30, 2013; Dec. 27, 2013; Sept. 28, 2014; Jan. 26, 2015; Feb. 10, 2015; April 8, 2015; Aug. 13, 2015; and Feb. 15, 2016. On each application, she failed to report her husband’s income.
Adams obtained payroll records for Jonathan Good, and DHS Benefits Integrity and Recovery Section used the records to determine to determine the amount of income for Good’s household received from August 2011 through July 2016, according to the affidavit. Based on that income, BIRS determined Good received excess SNAP benefits of $39,144, Medicaid of $5,369 and SSP of $515, for a total of $45,028 of welfare benefits received fraudulently.
Good’s previous felony charges stemmed from suspicions of those who helped Good raise funds to help pay for treatments for her daughter’s terminal cancer. Investigators found thousands of dollars had been raised for the benefit of Good’s daughter, who did not have cancer.
Dr. Mary Stockett, with OU Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Pediatrics reviewed some of the records for Good’s daughter, finding most of Good’s claims about her daughter’s health to be false, according to one of the affidavits filed in the earlier case. The report states there was no evidence of a surgery to remove a brain tumor from the girl, as was often reported in Good’s posts and notes to doctors.
Good admitted to Enid Police Department Detective Robin Bench her claims about her daughter were false, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Cass Rains writes for the Enid News & Eagle.