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Dozens face welfare fraud charges

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Updated: 3:51 PM

JOHNSTOWN -- After ongoing investigations by the Fulton County Department of Social Services Investigative Unit, 24 Fulton County residents were arrested for welfare fraud totaling $80,640.88 in unentitled benefits.

The arrests were made during the time period of Dec. 10, 2012 through Wednesday.

* Rebecca Jones, 36 and Clyde Jones, 47, of Gloversville were arrested on Dec. 10, 2012, charged with welfare fraud. Authorities said it was determined that the household failed to report unemployment benefits. The couple received $2,888 in food stamp benefits that they were not entitled to, a release said. Both were charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny. Both appeared in Johnstown City Court.

* Michelle Martorano, 30 and Allan Mosher, 34, both of Gloversville were arrested on Jan. 10 and charged for welfare fraud. A release said hey failed to report household income and received $1,374 in food stamp and $560 in HEAP benefits. Both were charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny. Both were issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Allan Mosher, 34, of Gloversville was arrested Jan. 10 and charged with welfare fraud. A release said he failed to report veteran's benefits at application for assistance and received $3,815.96 in Medicaid benefits he was not entitled to. Mosher was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

* Faith Owen, 40, of Gloversville was arrested on Jan. 1 and charged with welfare fraud. A release said Ishe failed to report workers compensation benefits and received $5,200 in SNAP benefits and $2,070 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. She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Steven Welch, 30 and Stephanie Welch, 32, both of Gloversville were arrested on Jan. 25 and charged with welfare fraud. A release said the couple failed to report self-employment income and received $6,542 in SNAP benefits, $14,791.82 in Medicaid and $1,060. in HEAP benefits they were not entitled to. Both were charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny. Both were issued appearance tickets for Johnstown City Court.

* Valerie Gilboy-Murray, 23, of Durhamville was arrested on Jan. 16 and charged with welfare fraud. A release said Gilboy-Murray applied for SNAP benefits for an individual who did not reside with her at the time of application. She was arraigned in Johnstown City Court.

* Carleton Frasier, 33, of Johnstown was arrested on Feb. 4 and charged with welfare fraud. A release said he failed to apply for all household members on his applications for assistance and received $6,322.45 in Temporary Assistance benefits, $6,082 in SNAP benefits and $425 in HEAP benefits he was not entitled to. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny. He was arraigned in Johnstown City Court.

* Theresa Corlew, 59, of Johnstown was arrested on Feb. 11 and charged with welfare fraud. A release said she failed to report unemployment benefits at the time of application and received $697 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 petit larceny. She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Stephen Kalkbrenner, 36, of Gloversville was arrested on March 18 and charged with welfare fraud. A release said Kalkbrenner submitted false documents to the department to obtain eligibility for assistance and received $1,077.90 in Temporary Assistance benefits and $200 in SNAP 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. He was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Carol Tarbox, 43, of Broadalbin was arrested on March 26for welfare fraud. A release said Tarbox failed to report social security benefits at time of application. She received $2,874.00 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. She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Michelle Goodrich, 53, of Gloversville was arrested on March 26 for welfare fraud. A release said Goodrich failed to report all household members at time of applications for assistance. She received $8,220.00 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. She was arraigned in Johnstown City Court and released on recognizance.

* Jayson Ackernecht, 39, of Gloversville was arrested on April 2 for welfare fraud. A release said Ackernecht applied for SNAP benefits for an individual who did not reside in his household at the time of application. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. He was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Nanette Ostrander, 45, of Johnstown was arrested on April 4. A release said Ostrander sold her SNAP benefits for cash. She was charged with second-degree criminal use of a public benefit card. She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Todd Heroth, 47, of Johnstown was arrested on April 4. A release said Heroth sold his SNAP benefits for cash. He was charged with second-degree criminal use of a public benefit card. He was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Robert Pabis, 37, of Gloversville was arrested on April 5 for welfare fraud. A release said Pabis failed to report all household members and their income at application for emergency assistance. He received $874.75 in Temporary Assistance benefits he was not entitled to. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fifth-degree welfare fraud and petit larceny. He was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Robert Mannix, 43, of Johnstown was arrested on April 5 for welfare fraud. A release said Mannix failed to report self-employment business Rob's Dogs when he applied for SNAP benefits. He received $2,202.00 in SNAP 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. He was arraigned in Johnstown City Court and remanded without bail to the Fulton County Correctional Facility.

* Jessica Swart, 31, of Gloversville was arrested on April 9 for welfare fraud. A release said Swart failed to report all of her income when she applied for SNAP benefits. She received $734.00 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 petit larceny. She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Melissa Hendricks, 36, and Thomas Hendricks, 31, of Johnstown were arrested on April 9 for welfare fraud. A release said the couple failed to report income on their applications for SNAP benefits. They received $7,590.00 in SNAP benefits they were not entitled to. They were charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny. They were arraigned in Johnstown City Court.

* Vicki Ross, 56, of Johnstown was arrested on April 10 for welfare fraud. A release said Ross failed to report her wages at application for SNAP benefits. She received $1,200.00 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. She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Kristie Cannizzaro, 32, of Broadalbin was arrested on April 12 for welfare fraud. A release said Cannizzaro failed to report all household wages at time of application for SNAP benefits. She received $486.00 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 petit larceny. She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

* Ruth Dutcher-Rogers, 30, of Northville was arrested on April 15 for welfare fraud. A release said Dutcher-Rogers failed to report social security benefits at time of application. She received $3,354.00 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. She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

     

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