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Montgomery County welfare fraud sting nets eight arrests

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - Updated: 5:29 PM

Under the direction of supervising Inv. Michael J. Villa; the Montgomery County Department of Social Services Welfare Fraud Investigative Unit, in conjunction with the district attorney’s office, sheriff’s office and Amsterdam Police Department, announce the following arrests:

• Stanley J. Piper, 57, of 39 Jay St., Amsterdam, was arrested and charged with fourth degree welfare fraud. He allegedly failed to report workers compensation benefits and received $1,596 in food stamp benefits he otherwise would not have been entitled to.

• 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. Investigators say she failed to report her household composition, and failed to report unemployment insurance benefits. She received $7,442 in food stamp benefits she was not eligible for, police said.

• Ileana Guerra, 57 Bunn St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing in connection with allegedly filing a false job search document in an attempt to maintain eligibility.

• Yanira Gerena Santiago, 7 Glen Ave., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for submitted a false job search document in an attempt to maintain eligibility, investigators said.

• Reina Maldonado, 246 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing first degree (class e felony) subject filed false job search documents.

• John P. Stubley, 47 Ridge Road, Canajoharie, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing  for failing to disclose multiple property ownership, reports say.

• Michael Pearsall, 40, of 19 Gorski St., Amsterdam, was charged with three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and fourth-degree welfare fraud. He allegedly failed to report an online business, and received $6,421 in food stamps benefits he was not entitled to.

Vanessa L. Patrei, 30, of 919 Dairy Hill Road, Little Falls, was charged with fifth-degree welfare fraud, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing first degree. She reportedly claimed to be residing in Fort Plain, when she actually was residing in Little Falls, investigators said. The “falsified” information on her application allowed her to receive $772 in food stamps benefits she was not entitled to.

All subjects are scheduled to return to Mohawk town court June 26 at 5 p.m., and July 2 at 5 p.m.

     

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