Police: Melbourne soup kitchen employee stole man's food stamps

Norma Waters stole man's EBT card while working, police say

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MELBOURNE,Fla. - A staffer at Melbourne's Daily Bread soup kitchen has been arrested on accusations she stole a man's food stamp benefits, Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports.

Norma M. Waters, 49, faces charges of petit theft, a misdemeanor, and felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and fraudulent use of personal identification information, according to court records.

Police say Waters took a man's electronic benefits transfer card, which was sent to Daily Bread, and used it without permission. The man reported the incident to police on April 12 after never receiving the EBT card.

"Additional information uncovered a purchase on the card, for $200, which had been made at a Publix supermarket on March 23, 2012," Melbourne Police Sgt. Sheridan Shelley said in a press release.

Officers don't know if the purchases were for Waters' personal use or for the downtown Melbourne food bank.

When reached by phone at Daily Bread this afternoon, Waters declined to comment.

John Farrell, executive director of Daily Bread, said prior to a call from FLORIDA TODAY, he knew of the arrest but no details of the allegations against Waters. Waters is assistant director of Daily Bread.

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