Nine facing welfare-fraud charges

FONDA – Nine Montgomery County residents were charged with welfare fraud Wednesday, the county Department of Social Services announced Thursday.

The nine were charged after investigations by the Welfare Fraud Investigation Unit, in conjunction with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department and the Amsterdam Police Department.

According to authorities, the following people were charged:

Jolene Magielda, 24, of 11 Fourth Ave., Apartment 1, Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fifth-degree welfare fraud. Magielda was previously disqualified and not eligible for benefits.

Mayra Leon, 48, of 10 Hibbard St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for allegedly failing to report household income.

Glorimari Rodriguez, 37, of 18 Williams St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for allegedly falsifying a SNAP 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 and one count of third-degree welfare fraud. Rivera allegedly submitted false SNAP applications and received nearly $7,000 in benefits he was not eligible for.

Kim Ann Soto, 45, of 100 Charles Lane, Apartment U-8, Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for allegedly failing to report UIB income.

Rhonda Hartin, 50, of 19 McDonnell St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for allegedly falsifying employment documents to remain eligible.

Michael Oliver, 46, of 44 West Main St., Fonda, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for allegedly falsifying employment documents to remain eligible.

Toni Cornell, 34, of 19 Putnam St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for allegedly falsifying household composition.

Dawn Edgar, 37, of 17 Grand St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing for allegedly falsifying employment documents to remain eligible.

Those charged are scheduled to appear in Mohawk Town Court on Wednesday.