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Painted Post man charged in welfare fraud investigation

STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) – A Painted Post man is facing multiple charges after a welfare fraud investigation in Steuben County.

On Sept. 10, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Terry L. Campbell Sr. for allegedly presenting two false documents to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. As a result, Campbell received $2,094.00.

Campbell was charged with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and one count of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, all class E felonies.

Campbell was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court at the Steuben County Jail and released.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Olean man charged with grand larceny, welfare fraud

CATTARAUGUS COUNTY — An Olean man faces felony charges for grand larceny and welfare fraud, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.

David J. Fischer, 36, of 118 S. 14th St., was charged at 9 a.m. Tuesday with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Fischer allegedly fraudulently received $3,027 in food stamps by concealing and failing to report income.

Voorheesville women among 9 county residents arrested on welfare fraud.

ALBANY COUNTY — Josephine Nakajigo, 40, of Voorheesville was among nine people in Albany County arrested this week for welfare fraud, county spokeswoman Mary Rozak said on Wednesday.

The majority of these cases are uncovered by people calling in and giving tips, said Rozak, which is how this investigation got started as well.

Nakajigo is charged with not reporting income and receiving $15,269 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits fraudulently over a period of almost four years, from February 2015 to January 2019, according to Rozak.

Attempts to reach Nakajigo were unsuccessful.

The arrests by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office followed an investigation by the Welfare Fraud Unit of the Albany County Department of Social Services, according to a press release from County Executive Daniel McCoy.

The nine people are charged with taking a total of $105,353 in fraudulent benefits over time periods that ranged from just over a year to more than four-and-a-half years, the release says.

The release gave examples of some of the “most egregious” cases of alleged welfare fraud, including that of Brittney Mitchell, who investigators say received $25,304 in unlawful payments between May 2015 and January 2019, and Yakema Johnson, accused of taking advantage of the system by failing to report her income and receiving $21,970 over the period from February 2016 through November 2018.

In 2017, the release said, the Fraud Unit achieved an overall cost avoidance of over $3,460,000 by denying fraudulent applications for assistance, and closing or re-budgeting active assistance cases where fraud was detected.