BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Montgomery County: Four face welfare fraud charges

Allegedly obtained benefits after failing to report income

WEB hammond

FONDA — Four people have been charged with welfare fraud in Montgomery County for failing to report income according to the county.

According to a news release from Department of Social Services Commissioner Michael McMahon the following people were charged with a variety of offenses for illegally obtaining benefits:

∫ Christopher H. Hammond, 36, of 565 Sprakers Road in Sprakers was charged with third-degree welfare fraud and two counts of offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies.

Hammond allegedly failed to report household income and received $9,400 in food stamps he was not entitled to.

He was arraigned in Mohawk Two Court and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on no bail.

WEB kellogg

This is Hammond’s second time facing charges this year.

In August, Hammond was charged with second-degree rape for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old acquaintance.

∫ Joseph Kellogg Sr., 51, of 25 Storrie St. in Amsterdam was charged with three counts of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies.

Kellogg allegedly filed three false application for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with the Montgomery County Department of Social Services by failing to report that he was self employed as a contractor under the name “Joe’s Roofing.”

Kellogg was arraigned in Amsterdam City Court and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $3,000 cash bail or $6,000 bond.

WEB pesce

Kellogg is additionally facing four counts each of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and the workers’ compensation crime of fraudulent practices, and one count of the workers’ compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, all felonies. The charges were filed in December by the state Inspector General’s office.

According to the inspector general, Kellogg, a residential roofing contractor in Amsterdam, allegedly filed four separate building permit applications in 2015 that included fraudulent certifications that he had no employees and as such was exempt from obtaining workers’ compensation insurance.

∫ Maximus Pesce, 42, of 17 Putnam St. in Amsterdam was charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing, a felony. Pesce allegedly filed two false applications for SNAP benefits for failing to report income.

Pesce was arraigned in Amsterdam City Court and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

∫ Anna M. Veeder, 36, of 17 Putnam St. in Amsterdam was charged with third-degree welfare fraud and two counts of offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies.

WEB veeder

Veeder allegedly failed to report household income and received $1,709 in food stamp benefits she was not entitled to. Veeder is additionally alleged to have failed to report income on her SNAP applications

Veeder was arraigned in Amsterdam City Court and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

COMMENTS