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Former Government Employee Allegedly Traded Food Stamps For Sex

| by Ethan Brown

A former employee with the Department of Human Services is accused of attempting to influence women to have sex with him in exchange for financial food assistance benefits.

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began researching the background of Alfred Awonuga in March after receiving tips from Human Services.

In addition to being accused of trading benefits for sexual favors, Awonuga is also being accused of providing benefits to a citizen who was not eligible for them, WREG News reported.

According to the investigation, Awonuga terminated the benefits of the ineligible resident when she refused to have sex with him. He later told her that he could reinstate the food stamp benefits if she agreed to have sex with him.

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After the refusal, Awonuga “facilitated the termination of her benefits and later communicated with her that he could assist her in getting her benefits reinstated, while continuing to express a desire in a sexual relationship,” the investigation reported.

Awonuga was later fired from his position. He was charged with six counts of official misconduct and one count of attempted official misconduct. He is currently being held in the Davidson County jail on $20,000 bond.

Sources: WATE ABC 6, WREG CBS 3

Photo Credit: WREG