Seven arrested for welfare fraud

Adams

AMSTERDAM — Seven individuals were arrested on Thursday on welfare fraud charges.

According to a press release, Montgomery County Department of Social Services Commissioner Michael McMahon announced the arrests were a result of a recent investigation into persons allegedly attempting to defraud the social services department.

The seven individuals arrested include:

Crystal G. Adams, 34, of 34 Pulaski St., Apt. 2, Amsterdam was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fourth-degree welfare fraud, both class E felonies. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket.

Javier Jimenez, 40, of 24 John St., Amsterdam was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and fifth-degree welfare fraud, a misdemeanor. He was processed and released on an appearance ticket, and returned to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility where he was being held on unrelated charges.

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Olga Santiago, 52, of 78 Sanford Avenue, Apt. 1, Amsterdam was charged with offering a false instrument for filing, a felony and fifth-degree welfare fraud, a misdemeanor. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket.

Melanie Serrano-Alicea, 32, of 60 Division St., Apt. R2, Amsterdam was charged with offering a false instrument, a felony. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket.

Rosmarie Velez, 36, of 4 Milton Ave., Apt. 2, Amsterdam was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket.

Lana K. Webber, 28, of 228 Locust Ave., Apt. 2, Amsterdam was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fourth-degree welfare fraud, both felonies. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket.

Jenlyn Williams, 38, of 200 Virginia Lane, Apt. C-10, Amsterdam was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket.

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Each individual is scheduled to appear in Amsterdam City Court and to be prosecuted by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

According to the press release, first-degree offering a false instrument is warranted when a person knowingly submits a false statement or false information with intent to defraud any public authority, and will falsify or omit information on an application with the intent to receive a benefit that they otherwise would not qualify for. Welfare fraud pertains to the monetary value a person takes from the public authority in which they were not qualified to have.

According to the release, these arrests were the result of a collaborative effort between the Montgomery County Department of Social Services Fraud Investigations Unit, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and Amsterdam Police Department.

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