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Authorities charge 6 women with welfare fraud

November 15, 2013
The Leader Herald

FONDA - Authorities said six women were arrested for welfare fraud.

The Montgomery County Department of Social Services Welfare Fraud Investigative Unit, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and the Amsterdam Police Department announced the arrests Thursday.

Those charged were:

- Susan Ginley Hinds, 51, of 10 Winding Brook drive, Saratoga Springs, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and fifth-degree welfare fraud, a misdemeanor.

She received $894 in benefits she was not entitled to, authorities said. She had been disqualified from receiving benefits in Saratoga County, authorities said, thus making her ineligible to receive benefits in Montgomery County.

- Gina Barton, 49, of 8 Eagle St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and fourth-degree welfare fraud, a felony.

Authorities said Barton falsified wage documents and got $1,144 in public assistance she was not eligible to receive.

- Autumn Welch, 24, of 70 Wall St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and fifth-degree welfare fraud, a misdemeanor.

Welch filed a false public assistance application and failed to report the accurate composition of the household, authorities said.

- Erica Vargas, 27, of 23 Brookside Ave., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and fifth-degree welfare fraud, a misdemeanor.

Authorities said Vargas failed to report an accurate household composition and got $560 in benefits she should not have received.

- Brittany Greenfield, 21, of 247 Bleecker St., Gloversville, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and fourth-degree welfare fraud, a felony.

Greenfield filed a false Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program application and failed to report that she had moved, authorities said. She was given $2,318 in SNAP benefits she was not eligible to receive, authorities said.

- Susan Ambesi, of 69 James St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and fourth-degree welfare fraud, also a felony.

Authorities said Ambesi falsified personal information and incorrectly received $1,431 in benefits.

The six women were scheduled to return to Mohawk Town Court.

 
 

 

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