March 13, 2015 10:30 am -

[su_right_ad]A single, pregnant Tennessee mother, desperate for help, was told she’d have to give it up to receive food stamps.

The allegations are at the heart of a lawsuit which raises serious questions about the state’s Food Stamps program.

Shameka Bransford, a pregnant single mother who suffers from sickle cell anemia, claims an employee with the state Department of Human Services wanted something in return when she went to apply for food stamps.

“Basically if I did all these things I would qualify and get my food stamps,” Bransford said.

Bransford’s attorneys, Mary Parker and Stephen Crofford, are now suing the state. They said their client refused the state employee’s alleged demands, which included meeting him under a nearby bridge for sexual favors.

“I just looked at him and told him I had to go. He was going on a lunch break and wanted to meet me under a bridge and I just went home,” she said.

She never got any food stamps and now Bransford said she’s afraid to go to the office to apply again. Crofford said the state employee let his client down.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

3 responses to Lawsuit: Government Worker Demanded Sex For Food Stamps

  1. Snick1946 March 13th, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I am a former Department of Health and Human Services worker in a different state. I have mixed feelings about the veracity of this story. I remember many of my clients as being mentally unstable- I was accused of coming on sexually by one of them only to learn she had done the same thing to two past workers, they decided after that to only let her have female workers. There was however one episode I know of in which a male worker was propositioning male clients in the interview room- he got caught and charged after a sting operation.

  2. Denise March 13th, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    She has no proof. It’s all hearsay.

    • jasperjava March 13th, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      That’s why these things need to be investigated.