Jo Ellen Edwards will serve two years in prison.

A 62-year-old Felton woman will spend two years in prison for her role in the theft of federal funds from an aid program providing money for food benefits.

Joellen Edwards pled guilty to charges of theft over $100,000 and official misconduct, Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky said. Edwards was one of seven former employees of the Department of Health and Social Services responsible for issuing Electronic Benefit Transfer cards was arrested and indicted earlier this year.

Charges of forgery first degree, falsifying business records were dropped.

An investigation revealed the fraudulent EBT cards were delivered to state service centers in New Castle and Kent counties and intercepted by the suspects working at those locations. Once intercepted, the cards were personally used or sold at a discount.

Deputy Attorneys General Dennis Kelleher, Matthew Frawley, and Phillip Casale secured the plea, and Edwards was sentenced by Judge Eric Davis to two years in prison, followed by one year of supervised probation, Kanefsky said.

She will remain on unsupervised probation until she pays restitution of $378,880 to DHSS.