County residents arrested for welfare fraud

After ongoing investigations by the Fulton County Department of Social Services Investigative Unit, 17 Fulton County residents were arrested for welfare fraud totaling $84,213.54 in unentitled benefits, a news release said.

The arrests were made during the time period between Nov. 7 and March 7. All face program disqualifications for a minimum of six to 24 months.

Richard Dence, age 32, and Elizabeth Dence, age 29, of Gloversville were arrested on Nov. 19 for welfare fraud. Authorities said it was determined that they failed to report all household income. They received $20,676 in SNAP benefits and $1,056.74 in HEAP benefits they were not entitled to, according to the release. Richard was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud. Elizabeth was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

Martin Cramer, age 24, of Gloversville was arrested for welfare fraud. Authorities said it was determined that he used a benefit card that he was not authorized to use. He was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and misuse of food stamps.

Olivia Magield, age 28, of Gloversville was arrested on Dec. 16 for welfare fraud. Authorities said that she failed to report all household members on her applications for Temporary Assistance and SNAP. She received $930 in Temporary Assistance and $734 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

Carolyn Wilson, age 48, of Gloversville was arrested on Dec. 30 for welfare fraud. Authorities said she used a benefit card that she was not authorized to use. She was charged with petit larceny and misuse of food stamps.

Angela Crubbrest, age 33, of Amsterdam was arrested on Jan. 23 for welfare fraud. Authorities said she failed to report unemployment benefits on her SNAP application. She received $6,129 in SNAP benefits and $810 in HEAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

Stephanie Murtha, age 44, of Gloversville was arrested on Jan. 23 for welfare fraud. Authorities said she applied for benefits for a household member who did not reside with her. She received $1,353 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said. She was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

Eric Bowman, age 29, of Gloversville was arrested on Jan. 28 for welfare fraud. Authorities said he used a benefit card that he was not authorized to use. He was charged with petit larceny and misuse of food stamps.

Ann Hadden, age 37, of Broadalbin was arrested on Feb. 12 for welfare fraud. Authorities said she failed to report a business. She received $10,176 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny.

Jennie Andrews, age 28, of Tully was arrested on Feb. 12 for welfare fraud. Authorities said she failed to report wages on her SNAP application. She received $200 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fifth-degree welfare fraud and petit larceny.

LoriBeth Lavery, age 28, of Gloversville was arrested on Feb. 13 for welfare fraud. Authorities said she failed to report all household members on her applications for Temporary Assistance and SNAP. She received $2,691.18 in Temporary Assistance and $4,548 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

Gene King, age 54, of Gloversville was arrested on Feb. 13 for welfare fraud. Authorties said he under-reported his household income. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Melissa Morse, age 28, of Broadalbin was arrested on Feb. 13 for welfare fraud. Authorities said she failed to report all household income. She received $7,146 in SNAP benefits and $1,310 in HEAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

Laterence Wilson, age 29, of Gloversville was arrested on Feb. 14 for welfare fraud. Authorties said he falsely reported his address to the agency. He received $150 in Temporary Assistance and $632 in SNAP benefits he was not entitled to, the release said. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fifth-degree welfare fraud and petit larceny.

Charles Dawson, age 37, of Gloversville was arrested on Feb. 14 for welfare fraud. Authorities said he failed to report unemployment benefits on his SNAP application. He received $1,052 in SNAP benefits he was not entitled to, the release said. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Risa Mullinnex, age 46, of Gloversville was arrested on March 3 for welfare fraud. Authorities said she applied for benefits for a household member who did not reside with her. She received $21,109 in SNAP benefits and $497 in HEAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

Diane Perna, age 58, of Johnstown was arrested on March 7 for welfare fraud. Authorities said she failed to report all household income. She received $2,469 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said. She was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

In addition to the above listed individuals, the unit also disqualified an additional 22 individuals from receiving cash and/or SNAP benefits for a combined time period of 234 months of program disqualifications. These disqualifications resulted in $39,954 in combined program savings, the release said.

There are more arrests pending by the Fulton County Welfare Fraud Task Force Team, the release said. The team consists of The Fulton County Department of Social Services Investigative Unit, The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

To report welfare fraud, call 736-5620.