PIQUA — The suspect of an ongoing investigation of illegal use of food stamps was arraigned in court on Monday, Sept. 14. George M. Morrison, 27, of Piqua was charged with four counts of fifth-degree felony illegal use of a supplemental nutritional program.
The original offense occurred on July 7, according to Deputy Chief Tom Steiner with the Piqua Police Department. A neighbor reportedly noticed that a WIC card had been stolen from a residence on the 600 block of Spring Street after the original owner of the card moved out.
The WIC card had been used at Ulbrichs, Kroger, and Sunset Meat on July 7. During the course of the investigation, surveillance video of Morrison using the card was reportedly obtained.
Charges were originally filed on Aug. 4 and a warrant was requested for Morrison. Morrison was previously being held in Montgomery County on unrelated charges.
In connection with this case, Elissa Graham, 21, of Sidney has been charged with fifth-degree felony complicity to illegal use of a supplemental nutritional program. Graham, a friend of the original owner of the card, is suspected of supplying Morrison with the PIN number for the WIC card.
Morrison also was charged with theft from a July 13 incident in Troy. The resident said she let Morrison live in her apartment for a brief period of time since he had no where to go. Morrison allegedly offered to sell an Xbox 360 game system for a Troy resident and also borrowed her phone to let her know about the transaction. The resident was unable to reach Morrison after he left with the items and never returned.
Morrison is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Morrison on Sept. 23.