FONDA - Six Montgomery County residents have been arrested for fraudulently obtaining public-assistance benefits after recent investigations, Department of Social Services Investigator Michael J. Villa said in a news release.
Robin Lee Clark, 51, of 2051 Wagners Hollow Road, Palatine Bridge, was charged with welfare fraud, a felony, and three counts of offering a false instrument for filing after she allegedly received $13,067 in Medicaid benefits she wasn't entitled to. Officials said she didn't report income from employment from September 2009 through March 2012.
Patrick Murphy, 32, of 2 Pleasant Place, Canajoharie, was charged with one count of welfare fraud, a felony. Murphy allegedly failed to disclose he was receiving unemployment insurance when he received $1,296 in temporary assistance and $496 in food stamps.
Pamela Oliver-Hazzard, 58, 403 Route 80, Fort Plain, was charged with welfare fraud for allegedly failing to report she was employed while collecting $2,790 in Medicaid benefits.
Michelle Waterson, 27, of 11 Fourth Ave., Apartment 2, Amsterdam, was charged with three counts of offering a false instrument for filing and welfare fraud for allegedly failing to report insurance benefits that made her ineligible for the $1,725 in temporary assistance she received.
Rosa Maldonado, 29, of 240 Vrooman Ave., Amsterdam, was charged with offering a false instrument for filing after allegedly filing false job-search documents.
Andrea M. Slater, 32, of 44 Hancock St., Apartment A, Fort Plain, was charged with offering a false instrument for filing after allegedly filing false job-search documents.
Each charge is a felony.
Each suspect was due to answer the charges Wednesday in Mohawk Town Court.
The investigations were led by the Social Services welfare fraud investigative unit, with assistance from the county district attorney's office, the Sheriff's Department and Amsterdam police.