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Six women face charges in latest welfare arrests

Friday, November 15, 2013 - Updated: 10:04 AM

By HEATHER NELLIS

heather.nellis@recordernews.com

FONDA -- Six women were recently arrested for allegedly scamming the Montgomery County Department of Social Services for welfare benefits.

The arrests were made by the department's Welfare Fraud Investigative Unit under the direction of supervising investigator Michael J. Villa, in conjunction with the district attorney's office, the sheriff's office and the Amsterdam Police Department.

* Susan Ginley Hinds, 51, of 10 Winding Brook Drive, Saratoga Springs, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fifth-degree welfare fraud. She was previously disqualified from receiving benefits in Saratoga County, making her ineligible to receive benefits in Montgomery County, a news release said. She allegedly received $893 in benefits to which she otherwise would not have been entitled.

* Gina Barton, 49, of 8 Eagle St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fourth-degree welfare fraud. She allegedly falsified wage documents, received $1,144 in public assistance for which she was not eligible.

* Autumn Welch, 24, of 70 Wall St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fifth-degree welfare fraud for reportedly filing a false public assistance application and failing to report accurate household composition.

* Erica Vargas, 27, of 23 Brookside Ave., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fifth-degree welfare fraud. A news release said she failed to report accurate household composition, and received $560 in benefits for which she was not eligible.

* Brittany Greenfield, 21, of 247 Bleeker St., Gloversville, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fourth-degree welfare fraud. She filed a false food stamp application and failed to report that she had moved, collecting $2,318 in benefits for which she was not eligible, officials said.

* Susan Ambesi of 69 James St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fourth-degree welfare fraud. She reportedly falsified personal information and received $1,431 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

     

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