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Gloversville man gets probation for welfare fraud

JOHNSTOWN -?A man was sentenced to five years of probation recently in Fulton County Court after previously pleading guilty to welfare fraud.

Mack E. Lane, 37, of Gloversville also was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Polly A. Hoye to pay restitution of more than $10,000.

He pleaded guilty May 22 before Hoye to one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud, as part of a plea arrangement.

Lane was arrested Sept. 24.

Authorities said Lane failed to report all household members on his county Department of Social Services applications for SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, and the Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP. He received $8,074 in SNAP benefits and $2,045 in HEAP benefits he was not entitled to, authorities said.

In other County Court action:

  • Michael D. McDonald, 28, of 52 First Ave., Gloversville, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Richard C. Giardino to one felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and false personation, a misdemeanor, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive nine months in the county jail.

McDonald was indicted by a county grand jury on Jan. 30.

He was charged Oct. 3 by Gloversville police during a search and investigation at Dollar General on North Main Street, police said. Police said McDonald was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and also was wanted on a City Court bench warrant for failure to complete conditional discharge. He was also charged with false personation, a misdemeanor, for providing a false name when officers first interviewed him.

  • Steven D. Olsen, 34, of Gloversville was sentenced Friday by Judge Richard C. Giardino to five years probation, as part of a plea arrangement.

He pleaded guilty April 29 to second-degree attempted criminal possession of marijuana.

He was charged by state Department of Environmental Conservation officers, assisted by state police, on Oct. 23 after an investigation into illegal deer hunting in Mayfield.

Olsen was initially charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a large-capacity ammunition clip, and illegally growing marijuana.

  • Walter J. Brown, 38, of West Street, Gloversville, was sentenced Friday by Giardino to time served and three years participation in the county Drug Court program, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on his April 29 guilty plea to one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Brown was arrested Feb. 14.

  • Brandon S. Smith, 27, of West Main St., St. Johnsville, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Polly A. Hoye to five years probation and $6,000 restitution as part of a plea arrangement.

He pleaded guilty April 25 to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny.

  • Justin M. Rivenberg, 19, of Woodrow Road, Amsterdam, was sentenced Thursday by Hoye 10 one year in the county jail, as part of a plea arrangement.

He pleaded guilty April 29 to one count of first-degree criminal contempt.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.