A Northport woman indicted on welfare fraud charges was formerly employed as an eligibility specialist for the Rockland branch of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Department spokesperson John A. Martins confirmed Tanya Bormet, 40, was a state employee from August 2007 to January 2013. According to information in court documents, Bormet was collecting benefits through false information during her time on the state payroll.

Bormet was charged earlier this month for receiving between $1,000 and $10,000 worth of food stamps, asserting her two step-daughters lived with her, and that her husband was unemployed, according to court documents.

The state claims she received benefits for four months. Bormet is charged with one count of theft by deception and one count of unsworn falsification for purposefully deceiving the state, according to court documents.

The defendant made the claims from September 2012 to January 2013, which the state contends were false.

An eligibility specialist determines initial and continuing eligibility of applicants for family independence programs, according to a job description posted on the Maine Bureau of Human Resources website.

Responsibilities include interviewing applicants, obtaining and verifying information, and determining benefit eligibility. The work is performed under general supervision.

Minimum qualifications include a four-year combination of education, training and experience in a social services setting, or a bachelor's degree in social services, or related field.

In 2012, Bormet received an annual salary of $17,119, according to state employee and benefits listings.

Three other area women were indicted by a Knox County grand jury for welfare fraud April 10.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.