A Mankato couple is facing charges of wrongfully obtaining benefits and theft after Blue Earth County Sheriff’s investigators say 44-year-old Kevin Peterson claimed he paid more in rent than he actually did in order to get more food stamps and his 42-year-old wife Wanda didn’t claim income she made last year.

Deputies say they also failed to notify social services officials that they were living in the same home. Wanda also claimed to have no income for 2017, but the criminal complaint shows she earned more than $7,000.

Court documents show Wanda Peterson received more than $3,000 in public assistance benefits she was not eligible for and Kevin Peterson received almost $7,000 in benefits he was not eligible to receive.