Women plead guilty in County Court

JOHNSTOWN – Two women have pleaded guilty in Fulton County Court to fraudulently using assistance funds.

Sherri L. Salvione, 45, of Gloversville pleaded guilty to a felony count of welfare fraud Feb. 26 in front of Judge Polly A. Hoye.

Under a plea arrangement with the district attorney’s office, she will likely be sentenced on May 2 to five years of probation and more than $33,000 in restitution to the Department of Social Services. She also will be disqualified from public assistance for a year.

She initially was charged in October with welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing and grand larceny, all felonies.

Heather R. Poston, 27, of Johnstown will be sentenced March 21 after pleading guilty to grand larceny in front of Judge Richard C. Giardino in January.

Under a plea arrangement, she is expected to receive a six months in the Fulton County Jail and five years of probation.

State police said Poston was collecting unemployment compensation while working. She will be required to make $3,535 in restitution to the state Department of Labor, but her sentence may be reduced if restitution is made before her sentencing, the district attorney’s office said.

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