Four Fulton County residents accused of defrauding the welfare system for more than $10,000 each were recently arrested, according to information released by the county Social Services Investigative Unit.
Starting two years ago, Renee Jackson, 42, of Johnstown, allegedly didn’t report gainfully employed members of her household on her welfare application. The result was nearly $17,000 in illegally obtained benefits, authorities say. She was arrested Sept. 17 on charges of offering a false instrument for filing, grand larceny and welfare fraud.
Mack Lane, 37, of Gloversville, Leraye Atwood, 35, of Gloversville and Cheryl Gifford, 51, of Mayfield were arrested Aug. 18, 27 and Sept. 24 for illegally obtaining more than $10,000, $16,000 and $10,000 in respective benefits. They all face the same charges as Jackson.
In addition to those charged with obtaining large illegal payouts, county social services investigators, along with the Sheriff’s Department, identified another 50 people accused of wrongly receiving welfare payments over the last six months. Fifteen of those resulted in criminal charges. The remaining 35 were removed from the system.
In all, roughly $65,500 was taken illegally from the welfare system, authorities said.