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Steven R. Smith, 47, of 911 Salina St., Apt. A, was charged Wednesday by city police with third-degree welfare fraud, third-degree grand larceny, offering a false instrument for filing and misuse of food stamps.

He is accused of illegally obtaining $12,692,99 in food stamps and other public assistance from the Jefferson County Department of Social Services from November 2011 to June 2013.

He was taken to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building pending arraignment.

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