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10/4/2012 - Rensselaer County Conducts Public Assistance Fraud Sweep
13 Individuals sought for crimes that defrauded various Public Assistance programs of nearly $150,000

Troy-A Public Assistance fraud sweep was carried out to arrest 13 individuals for defrauding public assistance programs administered by Rensselaer County.  Thus far 10 of the individuals have been arrested.  Those being sought are accused of defrauding the various social programs of nearly $150,000 by applying for and receiving support and benefits they were not entitled to.  The investigation into the alleged fraud was conducted by the County’s Department of Social Services leading to the arrests that were carried out by the Rensselaer County Sheriff.

Those charged include:

·       Jeff Beattie residing at 1437 Johnsonville Rd, Date of Birth 8/30/66 is charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing 2 counts for assisting Sara Edson to receive a total of $38,914 in benefits she was not entitled to.

·       Sara Edson residing at 1437 Johnsonville Rd., Date of Birth 3/20/81 is charged with Grand Larceny 3rd; Welfare Fraud 3rd; Offering a False Instrument for Filing 8 cts for receiving a total of $38,914 in benefits she was not entitled to.

 

 

·       Glenn Forman residing at 1567 2nd St. Rensselaer, Date of Birth 10/24/60 is charged with Grand Larceny; Offering a False Instrument for Filing; Welfare Fraud for receiving a total of $6,825 in benefits he was not entitled to.

·       Patricia G. Gillett residing at 28 Northern Dr., Date of Birth 4/4/51 is charged with Grand Larceny; Welfare Fraud for receiving a total of $11,875 in benefits she was not entitled to.

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·       Leon & Danielle Johnson residing at 349 9th St. Troy (Leon Date of Birth 1/14/83) (Danielle Date of Birth 4/20/79) Leon is charged with Welfare Fraud and Grand Larceny; Danielle with Grand Larceny and Welfare Fraud for receiving a total of $2,047 in benefits they were not entitled to.

 

 

·       Scott Sawyer residing at 24 Lindeman Way, Poestenskill, Date of Birth 07/17/73 Grand Larceny 3rd; Welfare Fraud 3rd; Offering a false Instrument for Filing 5 cts for receiving a total of $43,241 in benefits he was not entitled to. 

 

·       Arthur Threatt residing at 8 Judson St. Albany, NY, Date of Birth 12/12/44 is charged with Grand Larceny 3rd; Offering a false Instrument for Filing 3rd 2cts for receiving a total of $1,997 in benefits he was not entitled to. 

 

·       Harold & Dorothy Williams residing at 3251 6th Ave. Troy (Dorothy Date of Birth 4/28/51) (Harold Date of Birth 11/23/47) Harold is charged with Grand Larceny 3rd; Welfare Fraud 3rd; Offering a False Instrument for Filing 2cts.; Dorothy is charged with Grand larceny 3rd; Welfare Fraud 3rd; Offering a False Instrument for Filing 2cts, for receiving a total of $11,565 in benefits they were not entitled to. 

“Rensselaer County is committed to preventing the fraud and abuse of these public assistance programs,” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino.   “When someone is stealing from these programs they are stealing from each and every one of us who through our tax dollars are required to pay for these programs.”

“Welfare fraud is a serious crime”, said Sheriff Mahar, “these criminals who cheat the welfare system cheat more than a government agency. They cheat the taxpayers of their hard-earned money and the individuals who really need assistance.”

 

In concluding her remarks Jimino stated, “I want to thank Sheriff Mahar for his continued support of these operations and partnerships as we collectively work to stop those looking to take advantage of the system.  Today’s operation is another excellent example of the collaborative effort employed in Rensselaer County to protect the taxpayers we serve.”

To report suspected fraud or abuse of public assistance programs in Rensselaer County please call the Fraud Tip Line at (518) 270-3947.

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