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DSS: Eight face charges related to welfare fraud

June 13, 2013
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - The Montgomery County Department of Social Services' Welfare Fraud Investigation Unit recently announced eight individuals are facing charges.

According to a news release from the county DSS, those charged comprised:

- Stanley Piper, 57, of 39 Jay St., Amsterdam, was charged with one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud for allegedly failing to report workers compensation benefits and receiving more than $1,500 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits he otherwise would not have received.

- Jennifer Wright, 35, of 467 Hughes Road, Amsterdam, was charged with three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and one count of third-degree welfare fraud. She was charged for allegedly failing to report her household composition correctly and failing to report unemployment insurance benefits. She received $7,442 in SNAP benefits she was not eligible for, the release said.

- Ileana Guerra of 57 Bunn Street, Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Guerra filed a false job search document in an attempt to stay eligible for benefits, the release said.

- Yanira Gerena Santiago, of 7 Glen Ave., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Santiago submitted a false job search document, the release said.

- Reina Maldonado, of 246 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Maldonado submitted a false job search document, the release said.

- John P. Stubley, of 47 Ridge Road, Canajoharie, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Stubley failed to disclose multiple property ownership, the release said.

- Michael Pearsall, 40, of 19 Gorski St., Amsterdam, was charged with three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud. Pearsall failed to report online business and received $6,421 in SNAP benefits, the release said.

- Vanessa L. Patrei, 30, of 919 Dairy Hill Road, Little Falls, N.Y., was charged with fifth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Patrei claimed she lived in Fort Plain, the release said, while she actually resided in?Little Falls. The false information allowed her to collect $772 in?SNAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said.

Those charged are set to return to Mohawk?Town?Court.

 
 

 

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