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14 arrested in Fulton County on welfare fraud charges

14 arrested in Fulton County on welfare fraud charges

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 14 area residents over the past several weeks for al

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 14 area residents over the past several weeks for alleged welfare fraud totaling more than $32,000 in benefits.

The arrests came during an investigation conducted from Feb. 23 to March 23 by the Fulton County Department of Social Services Investigative Unit, according to a news release.

The following were arrested for allegedly receiving fraudulent Home Energy Assistance Program benefits by failing to properly report income: Raymond Greenfield, 66, of Gloversville, in the amount of $625; Laura Waters, 32, of Gloversville, $625; Michelle Senecal, 41, of Amsterdam, $600; Michael McCormick, 54, of Johnstown, $357, as well as $375 in fraudulent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits; Katrina Bradt, 34, of Gloversville, $357; Anthony Perkins, 53, of Fort Plain, $625; and Elisha Serafin, 28, of Broadalbin, $600.

All were charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fifth-degree welfare fraud and petty larceny.

Also facing charges are:

• Robert Martish, 31, and Kelly Martish, 25, both of Johnstown, for allegedly receiving $19,055 in fraudulent SNAP benefits and $2,110 in fraudulent HEAP benefits by failing to report wages and unemployment benefits. They were charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny.

• Christopher VanVorse, 56, of Gloversville, for allegedly receiving $1,530 in fraudulent SNAP benefits. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny.

• Todd Broughton, 36, of Gloversville, for allegedly failing to report wages on his SNAP application. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing

• Marcus Scofield, 57, of Gloversville, for allegedly failing to report that he was receiving benefits from another state on his SNAP and HEAP applications, receiving a total of nearly $3,000 in fraudulent benefits. He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny.

• Alicia Hichens-Smith, 35, of Mayfield, for allegedly receiving $2,270 in fraudulent temporary assistance and HEAP benefits by failing to report income.

She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny.

• Billie Jo Sweeney, 37, of Gloversville, for allegedly accessing a benefit card without authorization and charged with misuse of a benefit card.

All were issued appearance tickets for Johnstown City Court.

Authorities expect to make more arrests.

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