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A Utah federal grand jury has indicted a former state Social Services employee, charging her with four counts of fraud for allegedly taking nearly $11,000 in federal welfare funds.

The indictment says HEAT program employee Delores Carr, Salt Lake City, was authorized to process applications for assistance and distribute money to low-income individuals and families to help them paying their winter heating bills.The indictment alleges from October 1985 to March 1986, Carr, a seasonal employee, issued unauthorized checks totaling about $25,000.

"In many cases she caused to be sent several fraudulent checks to the same address, then picked them up herself and distributed them," the indictment says.

"In other cases, she allowed her friends to give her names of their friends, created fraudulent checks for them, and mailed them to those individuals," the complaint says.

Carr allegedly approached students at a trade school, asking them if they wanted money. She would then fill out an application for them, have checks sent to her friends, and after cashing it with the student, share the money, prosecutors said.

Carr voluntarily resigned in April 1986. She is scheduled to appear April 20 before a Utah federal magistrate, Assistant Utah U.S. Attorney Rob Parrish said.

The Social Services agency has changed its computer system so local workers cannot issue the HEAT program checks, he said.