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Locals face welfare fraud charges

Nine charged after investigations in Fulton County

November 5, 2012
The Leader Herald

Investigations into welfare fraud led to the arrests of nine Fulton County residents, according to a recent news release from the Fulton County Department of Social Services Investigative Unit.

The arrests occurred after investigations conducted by the unit and the Fulton County Sheriff's Department, the release said.

The arrests were made from Aug. 30 through Thursday.

Those arrested were as follows:

Allison Sturm, 23, of Gloversville was charged Aug. 30 with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and petit larceny. She appeared in Johnstown City Court.

Sturm failed to report a household member on her application for temporary assistance, the release said. Sturm received $344 in temporary assistance benefits she was not entitled to.

Deborah Lux, 35, and Bryan Lux, 43, of Broadalbin were arrested on Sept. 28 and 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 and sent to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on $15,000 bail or $30,000 bond each.

The couple failed to report income on their applications for temporary assistance, Medicaid and food stamps, the release said. The couple received $13,465 in food stamp benefits, $29,586 in Medicaid benefits and $1,335 in HEAP benefits from March 2009 to April 2012.

Marsha Tiano, 62, of Gloversville was charged on Oct. 12 with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud, third-degree grand larceny and obtaining public assistance by fraud. She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

It was determined Tiano failed to report rental assistance payments received by her household to the department, the release said. Tiano received $442 in temporary assistance benefits and $11,820 in food stamp benefits from February 2007 to July 2012.

Sherri Salvione, 45, of Gloversville was charged Oct. 12 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 sent to the Fulton County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Salvione failed to report a household member on her applications for assistance, the release said. Salvione received $1,666 in temporary assistance benefits, $30,532 in food stamp benefits, and $1,100 in HEAP benefits from April 2006 to Sept. 30, 2011.

Tabitha Hepner, 27, of Gloversville was charged Oct. 22 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.

Hepner applied for benefits for individuals who do not reside in her household on her application for food stamps, the release said. Hepner received $6,008 in food stamp benefits she was not entitled to from July 1 to?Oct. 31, the release said.

Autumn Luft, 34, of Gloversville was charged Oct. 22 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.

Luft applied for food stamp and HEAP benefits and failed to report child support income, the release said. Luft received $4,221 in food stamp benefits and $400 in HEAP benefits she was not entitled to from Jan. 18, 2011 to July 31.

Stacy Rachon, 33, of Stratford was charged Tuesday 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.

Rachon applied for food stamp benefits and failed to report income on her application for assistance, the release said. Rachon received $5,712 in food stamp benefits from Sept. 1, 2011, to Feb. 28.

Victoria Horton, 38, of Broadalbin was charged Thursday with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and petit larceny. She appeared in Johnstown City Court.

Horton applied for food stamp benefits and falsified her application for assistance, the release said. Horton received $880 in food stamp benefits from Jan. 19 to May 31.

In addition, the release said, the unit also disqualified eight other individuals from receiving food stamp benefits for 12 months each. This resulted in $10,782 in overpaid benefits and $13,536 in program savings.

 
 

 

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