SMITHFIELD – An employee at the Johnston County Department of Social Services has been arrested. Shermeca McCrary, age 44, of S. Taylor Street, Goldsboro is facing 50 felony charges.
On December 14, 2023, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Johnston County Department of Social Services for the alleged mishandling of food and nutrition / EBT benefits by McCrary, a food and nutrition employee.
DSS officials said they were contacted by a client inquiring why their EBT account had a zero balance, even though the client had not used the benefits.
Investigators with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office learned several EBT accounts, not belonging to McCrary, had been used to place orders for goods which were delivered to McCrary’s home address. Authorities reportedly discovered in excess of $30,000 in goods were ordered, paid for, and delivered to McCrary’s home using fraudulent EBT cards created and obtained by McCrary.
On Thursday, sheriff’s detectives arrested McCrary on 50 warrants. The charges include 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretense, 10 counts of embezzlement, 10 counts of accessing computers, 10 counts of identity theft, and 10 counts of illegal possession / use of food stamps.
McCrary is being held in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $1 million bond.
The investigating into the theft of food stamp benefits remains ongoing.