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Nine arrested in welfare fraud investigation

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Updated: 11:48 AM

FONDA — Eight people accused of scamming the system were arrested recently in an investigation by the Montgomery County Department of Social Services Welfare Fraud Unit:

• Jolene Magielda, 24, of 11 Fourth Avenue, Apt. 1, Amsterdam was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony, and fifth-degree welfare fraud. Investigators said Magielda was previously disqualified and not eligible for benefits.

• Glorimari Rodriguez, 37, of 18 Williams St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony. She reportedly falsified a food stamp application with inaccurate household composition.

• Alexander Rivera, 36, of 26 Eagle St., Amsterdam, was charged with four counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony, and third-degree welfare fraud, class D felony. He allegedly falsified a food stamp applications and received $6,942 in benefits he wasn’t eligible for.

• Kim Ann Soto, 45, of 100 Charles Lane, Apt. U-8, Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony. Police said she failed to report unemployment insurance benefits.

• Rhonda Hartin, 50, of 19 McDonnell St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony. She allegedly falsified employment documents in an attempt to remain eligible.

• Michael Oliver, 46, of 44 W. Main St., Fonda, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony, for falsifying employment documents, police said.

• Toni Cornell, 34, of 19 Putnam St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony, for falsifying household composition on an application, police said.

• Dawn Edgar, 37, of Grand St., Amsterdam, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony, for allegedly falsifying employment documents.

The suspects were scheduled to appear in Mohawk town court June 10 at 5 p.m.

The investigation was conducted under the direction of supervising investigator Michael J. Villa with the assistance of the district attorney’s office, the sheriff’s office, and the Amsterdam Police Department.

If you suspect welfare fraud, contact the investigative unit at 853-8328. All calls are confidential.

     

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