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Welfare fraud sting nets seven people

November 29, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - Seven people were recently indicted for a multitude of charges, ranging from offering a false instrument for filing to welfare fraud, according to an announcement from Montgomery County Social Services.

Working with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the Amsterdam Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney's office, supervising Investigator Michael J. Villa brought forth charges on the seven suspects.

Department of Social Security Commissioner Michael McMahon said these types of indictments are frequent.

"I want to say we've done these arrests for the third time this year," McMahon said, adding the department works with the other authorities often to prevent welfare fraud.

Helen Emerson, 25, of 2612 Route 8, Lot 21, was charged with one count of third-degree welfare fraud and one count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She received $4,960 in food stamp benefits for which she was not eligible, and she failed to report she was working, authorities said.

James Evans Jr., 45, of 613 Oswegatchie Road, Palatine Bridge, was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing. He failed to report accurate household composition, authorities said.

Krista Moore, 25, of 409 Progress Road, Gloversville, was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly failed to report accurate household composition.

Antwan Deloatch, 36, of 51 Vanderveer St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. He submitted false documents to stay in the program, authorities said.

Nichole Smith, 27, of 32 Hancock St., Fort Plain, was charged with one count of fourth degree welfare fraud. According to Police, she received $1,371 to which she was not entitled.

Beth Horender, 28, of 11 Old Meadow Road, St. Johnsville, was charged with one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud and one count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly failed to report her household composition correctly, failed to report household income, and received $1,080 in food stamps she to which she was not entitled.

Stacy Dillenbeck, 28, of 36 Webster St., Apartment B, Fort Plain, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. He allegedly supplied false employment search forms in an attempt to meet compliance.

Those charged are due to appear in Mohawk Town Court on Dec. 4 of 5 at 6 p.m.

 
 

 

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