handcuffs.jpgPHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has charged a former state welfare worker with stealing more than $340,000 in benefits with the help of recipients who are still being investigated.

Spokesman Nils Frederiksen says 23-year-old Kyshima Montgomery used her job as a clerk in a state welfare office in Philadelphia to transfer money into the accounts of welfare recipients who were allegedly in on the scheme.

Montgomery then allegedly withdrew most of that money and used it herself before giving electronic debit cards to those recipients. Frederiksen says more arrests are likely in the scheme.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Montgomery who faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 5 on charges including theft by deception and conspiracy.