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Nine charged in welfare fraud sting

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Updated: 11:37 AM

By ALISSA SCOTT

For the C-S-E

FONDA -- Nine people were recently arrested after allegedly scamming the Montgomery County Department of Social Services for welfare benefits.

The arrests were made by the department's Welfare Fraud Investigative Unit under the direction of supervising investigator Michael J. Villa, in conjunction with the district attorney's office, the sheriff's office and the Amsterdam Police Department.

Those arrested include:

-- Jason S. Mead, 52, of 410 Hill Top Road, Fort Plain, was charged with six counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing food stamps applications, a class E felony; two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing Medicaid applications, also class E felony; and fourth-degree welfare fraud for allegedly failing to report disability income.

He received more than $7,000 in benefits that police say he was not entitled to.

-- Sherry A. Veeder, 48, of 19 McDonnell St., Amsterdam, was charged with first-degree offering of a false instrument for filing, a class E felony.

Police say Veeder submitted false job search documents in an attempt to remain eligible.

-- Lisa Mickel, 45, of 1 Union St., St. Johnsville, was charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud, a class E felony. Police say she failed to report she was receiving unemployment benefits and received more than $1,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

-- Cornell Lanier, 43, of 10 Lincoln St., Fort Plain, was charged with first-degree offering of a false instrument for filing.

-- Alicia Johnston, 29, of 765 Saratoga Ave., Newark, Ohio, was charged with three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony and one count of third-degree welfare fraud, a class D felony.

Police say Johnston filed false public assistance applications with inaccurate household composition and income. She received more than $5,000 in assistance benefits that she was not eligible for.

-- April M. Pipero, 29, of 42A Mill St., Canajoharie, was charged with one count of first degree offering of a false instrument for filing, a class E felony. Police say she falsified employment documents in an attempt to remain eligible.

-- Wanda Rosa, 39, of 26 Eagle St., apartment 2, Amsterdam, was charged with five counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony. She failed to report accurate household composition, police say.

-- Alexander Delgado, 36, of 325 Division St., Amsterdam, was charged with one count of first-degree offering of a false instrument for filing, a class E felony. Delgado submitted false job search documents in an attempt to remain eligible.

-- Britainie Edson, 60 E. Main St., Fonda, was charged with one count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and one count of fifth-degree welfarefraud, a class A misdemeanor. Edson received about $750 in food stamps benefits that she was not eligible for.

Alicia Marie Johnston

April Marie Pipero

Wanda Barbara Rosa

Alexander Delgado

Britainie Shea Edson

     

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