Ex-DFCS employee indicted
Norcross man accused in food stamp scheme

LAWRENCEVILLE - A former Division of Family and Children Services case worker is charged with fraud for bilking the state's food-stamp program for nearly a decade, according to documents released Thursday.

Valeriy Molokandov of Norcross scammed the system by allowing a woman living with him to receive food-stamp assistance between January 1998 and July 2006, according to an indictment prepared by Attorney General Thurbert Baker's office.

In total, the duo bilked the system of nearly $13,000 in assistance, the documents say.

Molokandov, who reviewed and approved applications for food stamps during that period, told his peers he was the landlord of a home where the woman lived on Omaha Drive in Norcross, when he was actually living there, the documents say.

A Gwinnett grand jury this week indicted both Molokandov and his alleged co-conspirator, Rena Molokandova, on counts of fraud in obtaining public assistance and conspiracy to commit fraud in obtaining public assistance.

The exact nature of their relationship was not clear Thursday. Neither of the accused have arrest records in Gwinnett County, jail records show.

Molokandova failed to disclose that she was living with Molokandov in perennial food-stamp review hearings between 1998 and 2006.

Molokandov's employment as a case manager with DFCS ended in July 2006, three days before payments to his co-conspirator stopped, the indictment says.