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Dozens face welfare fraud charges

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Updated: 10:29 AM

By CAROLINE MURRAY

caroline.murray@recordernews.com

Twenty-four Fulton and Montgomery county residents have been arrested for welfare fraud totaling close to $100,000 after the Fulton County Department of Social Services Investigative Unit conducted a two-month investigation.

According to a press release, all face program disqualifications for a minimum of six to 24 months.

That includes Amsterdam residents Theresa Calhoun, 29, and Derek Leach, 29, who were arrested this past Wednesday for welfare fraud. Investigators reported that Calhoun failed to report all household members on her Temporary Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program application.

She received $5,094 in Temporary Assistance, $3,282.00 in SNAP, and $150 in the Home Energy Assistance Program benefits she reportedly was not entitled to, according to the report. Calhoun was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny.

Investigators said Leach failed to report all household members on his SNAP application. He received $1,093 in SNAP benefits he reportedly was not entitled to. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny.

The following were also charged:

* April Broughton , 41, Gloversville, was arrested April 23 for welfare fraud. Investigators reported Broughton submitted false job search handbook to the department. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

* Wylena Devon, 57, Little Falls, was arrested April 28 for welfare fraud. Investigators reported Devon submitted false documents to the department. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument . Devon was picked up on a warrant and arraigned in Johnstown City Court where she was remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility.

* William Hartig Jr., 33, Broadalbin, was arrested April 28 for welfare fraud. Investigators reported he failed to report wages. Hartig allegedly received $296 in SNAP benefits he was not entitled to. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fifth-degree welfare fraud and petty larceny.

* Joni Salvione, 26, Gloversville, was arrested April 30 for welfare fraud. Investigators determined Salvione applied for cohabitants who allegedly did not live with her. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fourth-degree welfare fraud. She was reportedly picked up on a warrant and arraigned in Johnstown City Court where she was remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility.

* Terri Baker, 48, Gloversville, was arrested May 8 for welfare fraud. Investigators reported Baker failed to report wages on her SNAP application. She allegedly received $2,156 in SNAP benefits and $425 in HEAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

* Jennifer Evans, 33, Gloversville was arrested on May 8 for welfare fraud. Investigators reported Evans failed to report wages on her SNAP application. She allegedly received $3,043 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument and third-degree welfare fraud.

* Michelle Winney, 31, Johnstown, was arrested May 8 for welfare fraud. Investigators reported Winney failed to report wages. She allegedly received $11,740 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny.

* Jennifer Mullins, 31, Gloversville, was arrested May 8 after investigators determined she failed to report Social Security income on her applications for Temporary Assistance and SNAP. Mullins allegedly received $4,786.10 in Temporary Assistance and $6,461 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

* Patricia VanHorne, 42, Gloversville, was arrested May 20 after investigators determined she failed to report all household income. VanHorne allegedly received $1,120 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

* Marybeth Bates, 30, Gloversville, was arrested May 22 for welfare fraud. Investigators reported Bates failed to report Social Security benefits on her Temporary Assistance and SNAP applications. Bates allegedly received $600 in Temporary Assistance, $5,028 in SNAP, and $1,160 in HEAP she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny.

* Joel Caputo, 46, Gloversville, was arrested May 27 for welfare fraud. Investigators determined Caputo failed to report unemployment benefits on his SNAP application. Caputo allegedly received $1,380 in SNAP and $425 in HEAP benefits he was not entitled to. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny.

* Suzanne Agar, 64, Gloversville, was arrested May 28 for welfare fraud. Investigators said Agar failed to report receiving benefits in another state on her SNAP application. Agar allegedly received $2,625 in SNAP she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

* Beth Wiedemann, 27, Gloversville was arrested June 2 for welfare fraud. Investigators said Wiedemann applied for household members who do not live with her on her application for Temporary Assistance and SNAP. Wiedemann allegedly received $318 in Temporary Assistance and $253 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fifth-degree welfare fraud in and petit larceny.

* Bonnie Filkins, 55, St. Johnsville, was arrested June 4 for welfare fraud. Investigators said she failed to report all household members on her application for emergency assistance. She was charged with first-degree filing a false instrument.

* Katelynn Parker, 26, Perth, was arrested June 9 for welfare fraud. Investigators said she failed to report wages on her SNAP application. Parker allegedly received $3,086 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny.

* Aaron Penley ,38, and Ami VanAllen, 30, of Gloversville, were arrested June 10 for welfare fraud. Investigators said the couple failed to report their business and bank accounts on their applications for Temporary Assistance and SNAP. They allegedly received $510.15 in Temporary Assistance, and 3,117 in SNAP benefits they was not entitled to. They were both charged with first- degree offering a false instrument, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny. Penley was remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility.

* Melissa Dutcher, 37, Gloversville was arrested June 12 for welfare fraud. Investigators said Dutcher failed to report wages and unemployment benefits on her SNAP application. She allegedly received $1,500 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny.

* Samantha Gifford, 35, Johnstown, was arrested June 16 for welfare fraud. Investigators determined that she failed to report Social Security income on her SNAP application. Gifford allegedly received $2,311 in SNAP and $1,250 in HEAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud, and third-degree grand larceny.

* Stephanie Leon, 28, Mayfield, was arrested June 17 for welfare fraud. Investigators determined she failed to report wages on her Temporary Assistance application. Leon was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument.

* Billie Jo Sweeney, 36, Johnstown, was arrested June 18 for welfare fraud. Investigators said she applied for household members who do not live with her on her SNAP application. Sweeney allegedly received $2,996 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument, fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny.

* Susan Karas, 40, Gloversville, was arrested June 19 for welfare fraud. Investigators said Karas failed to report all household members on her SNAP application. Karas allegedly received $553 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fifth-degree welfare fraud and petty larceny.

According to the release, the unit also disqualified an additional 25 individuals from receiving cash or SNAP benefits for a combined time period of 258 months. These disqualifications resulted in $115,940 in combined program savings.

There are more arrests pending by the Fulton County Welfare Fraud Task Force Team.

To report welfare fraud call 736-5620.

     

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