1461 dr martens womens PA Office of Inspector General charges 127 people with welfare fraud
HARRISBURG, Pa. The Office of State Inspector General (OSIG) filed welfare fraud charges against 127 individuals between September 1 and October 31, 2017. The restitution owed the commonwealth in these cases totals $529,962.46. Additional cost savings will be realized as the defendants will be temporarily disqualified from receiving public benefits in the programs they defrauded.
Restitution totals by benefits program amounted to: $311,830 for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); $77,871.81 for subsidized day care; $112,595.15 for medical assistance; $24,094.19 for cash assistance; and $3,571.31 for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
“Every dollar of fraud we can prevent makes a difference,” said State Inspector General Bruce R. Beemer. “I am confident that with the new investigative and enforcement tools made available to the Office by the Governor and the General Assembly that we can save the taxpayers of the Commonwealth even more. We have been busy training and equipping our personnel to make the best use of those tools. But the business of the Office has not stopped and I am proud of the diligent and difficult work done by our investigators to ensure our public benefits are not diverted from those in need.”
The OSIG filed 52 criminal cases of fraudulently receiving public assistance in Pennsylvania that were graded as a felony of the third degree. The defendants are:
Ramekia O. Johnson, 38, of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, for $15,490 in SNAP fraud and $806 in cash assistance fraud.
Tashandra M. Clark, 29, of Allentown in Lehigh County, for $2,175 in SNAP fraud and $5,231.55 in cash assistance.
Dorice C. Byrd, 38, of Erie in Erie County, for $3,485 in SNAP fraud and $824 in LIHEAP fraud.
Gisela Herrera, 28, of Chambersburg in Franklin County, for $3,228 in SNAP fraud and $5,647.12 in medical assistance fraud.
Amanda J. Blacksten, 35, of East Berlin in Adams County, for $3,574 in SNAP fraud.
Frederick S. Saylor, 40, of Reading in Berks County, for $2,716 in SNAP fraud and $5,847.55 in medical assistance fraud.
Tyrone D. Ward, 50, of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, for $1,456 in SNAP fraud and $5,991.49 in medical assistance fraud.
Jose L. Rodriguez, Jr., 28, of Reading in Berks County, for $3,457 in SNAP fraud.
Marianne McConnell, 32, of Falls Creek in Jefferson County, for $3,393 in SNAP fraud.
LaShae K. King, 26, of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, for $3,158 in SNAP fraud and $576 in LIHEAP fraud.
Robert Penn, 59, of McKeesport in Allegheny County, for $4,088 in SNAP fraud.
Ann M. Lincoln, 42, of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, for $3,483 in SNAP fraud.
Nicole L. Phiri, 44, of Clairton in Allegheny County, for $33,140.70 in subsidized child care benefits fraud.
Tracy L. Chierkove, 31, of Bangor in Northampton County, for $7,115.80 in subsidized child care benefits fraud.
Lynette M. Wynne, 36, of Lafayette Hill in Montgomery County, for $3,295.22 in SNAP fraud.
Cory A. Nicholson, 38, of Bovard in Westmoreland County, for $35,728.26 in medical assistance fraud and $7,214 in SNAP fraud.
Milagro Gonzalez, 35, of Lebanon in Lebanon County, for $10,087 in SNAP fraud and $15,909 in subsidized day care fraud; Frank E. Harrison, 46, of Lebanon in Lebanon County, for $8,796 of the $10,087 SNAP fraud.
Jackie L. Smith, 49, and Brian L. Smith, 48, of Friedens in Somerset County, for $4,052 in SNAP fraud, $15,577.32 in medical assistance fraud and $557.18 in cash assistance fraud.
Tamika A. Butler, 40, of Philadelphia, for $12,162 in SNAP fraud.
Kimberly A. Shesko, 45, of Johnstown in Cambria County, for $11,560 in SNAP fraud.
Kristie K. Marshall, 30, of Harrisburg in Dauphin County, for $10,426.28 in subsidized child care fraud.
Dianamarie Ford, 59, of Butler in Butler County, for $2,387 in SNAP fraud and $7,342.16 in medical assistance fraud.
Angela T. Motter, 37, of Dalmatia in Northumberland County, for $8,771.58 in subsidized day care fraud.
Jeffrey Snyder, 58, of Altoona in Blair County, for $8,037.40 in medical assistance fraud.
James G. Caldwell, 44, of Philadelphia in Chester County, for $6,799 in SNAP fraud and $783 in LIHEAP fraud.