Pair indicted for EBT fraud in Bell Co.


Allegedly purchased pop on card, sold for cash

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



William Cardwell


Sarah Miracle


A Bell County man and woman have recently been indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury for allegedly using an EBT card to purchase soda and then subsequently selling the soda to a pawn shop for cash.

According to his indictment, William Ancil Cardwell, 39, of Middlesboro, committed the offense of fraudulent use of ID Card or Electronic Code for Benefits, when he, with intent to defraud, knowingly used an EBT card and purchased 12 cases of Mountain Dew at Save-A-Lot and then sold the soda to Kentucky Pawn Shop for cash, on or about Jan. 6.

Cardwell was allegedly accompanied by Sarah Elizabeth Miracle, 32, of Middlesboro. According to her indictment, Miracle committed the offense of complicity to commit fraudulent use of ID Card or Electronic Code for Benefits, by aiding, counseling, or attempting to aid Cardwell in committing the offense of fraudulent use of ID Card or Electronic Code for Benefits, by being with him at Save-A-Lot and Kentucky Pawn Shop, when he had the intent to defraud, knowingly used an EBT card and purchased 12 cases of Mountain Dew and then sold the soda to Kentucky Pawn Shop for cash, on or about Jan. 6.

Cardwell and Miracle were arrested on their charges on Jan. 6 and were housed in the Bell County Detention Center before being released the next day.

The indictments are scheduled for March 18.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

William Cardwell
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Cardwell.jpgWilliam Cardwell

Sarah Miracle
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_miracle.jpgSarah Miracle
Allegedly purchased pop on card, sold for cash

By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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