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Welfare fraud unit nabs nine

February 8, 2014
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - Nine people were charged with welfare fraud Friday, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Department of Social Services Welfare Fraud Investigative Unit.

According to the release, the unit, along with the Montgomery County District Attorney's office, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Amsterdam Police Department announced the arrest of nine individuals.

The following were charged:

- Jason S. Mead, 52, of 410 Hilltop Road, Fort Plain, was charged with six counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for SNAP applications, two counts of offering a false instrument for filing for Medicaid Applications and one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud for failing to report disability income. The release said he received $7,038 in benefits he otherwise would not have been entitled to.

- Sherry A. Veeder, 38, of 19 McDonnell St., Amsterdam, was charged with one count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. According to the release, she had submitted false job search documents.

- Lisa Mickel, 45, of 1 Union St., St. Johnsville, was charged with one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud for failing to report she was receiving unemployment benefits.

- Cornell Lanier, 43, of 10 Lincoln St., Fort Plain, was charged with one count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. According to the release, he submitted false information in an attempt to be eligible.

- Alicia Johnston, 29, of 765 Saratoga Ave., Newark, Ohio, was charged with three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and one count of third-degree welfare fraud for filing false public assistance applications with inaccurate household composition and income.

- April M. Pipero, 29, of 42A Mill St., Canajoharie, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly falsified employment documents in an attempt to remain eligible.

- Wanda Rose, 39, 26 Eagle St., apartment 2, Amsterdam, was charged with five counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for failing to provide an accurate household composition.

- Alexander Delgado, 36, of 325 Division St., Amsterdam, was charged with first degree offering a false instrument for filing. According to the release, he submitted false job search documents.

- Britanie Edson, 60, of E. Main St., Fonda, was charged with three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and one count of third-degree welfare fraud for filing false public assistance applications with inaccurate household composition and income.

The release said those charged were scheduled to return to Mohawk Town Court on Wednesday.

 
 

 

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