Albany County Welfare Fraud Bust

Ravena woman among welfare fraud bust

 
Apr 12, 2019
Ortiz-Ramirez
By Kate Lisa
Capital Region Independent Media
ALBANY — A Ravena woman is one of 14 people arrested on welfare fraud charges totaling over $110,000, police said Friday.
Cynthia M. Ortiz-Ramirez, 36, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies; and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony, according to a statement from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.
Ortiz-Ramirez failed to report her child support income to the Albany County Department of Social Services and is accused of fraudulently stealing $11,203.50, police said.
She was arraigned in the city of Albany Criminal Court and released pending future court appearances, according to the sheriff’s office.
Ortiz-Ramirez is one of 14 people arrested on welfare fraud charges since March 7 after the county sheriff’s office and county Department of Social Services investigated welfare fraud in Albany County. The alleged fraud totaled $110,996.32, police said.
Many of the accused completed benefit applications with false information to deceive the Department of Social Services and obtain fraudulent benefits, according to the sheriff’s office.
The 13 others who were charged are:

• Jennifer C. Gil, 30, of Albany, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies; and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony, police said.
Gil allegedly stole $28,409.25 by failing to report another family member’s household income to the county Department of Social Services.
• Amanda Gatta, 33, of Albany, was charged with third-degree welfare fraud, a class D felony. She is accused of fraudulently stealing
$4,712 by failing to report her income to the Department of Social Services, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Anastasia M. Sobolewski, 33, of Cohoes, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies. Sobolewski allegedly stole $5,541.50 by continuing to use daycare services while being unemployed and failing to report her change of employment status from full time to unemployed to the county Department of Social Services.
• Leona C. Johnson, 35, of Albany, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud, both class E felonies; and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony.
Police accuse Johnson of stealing $2,984.53 by failing to report another family member’s household income to the Department of Social Services, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Keiona P. Young, 26, of Albany, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies.
She is accused of fraudulently stealing $8,328 by failing to report another family member’s household income to the county Department of Social Services, police said.
• Melisha M. Faggans, 31, of Albany, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies.
Faggans allegedly stole $5,734.59 by failing to change her employment status with the county Department of Social Services from full time to part time and continuing to use daycare services while working part time, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
• Akiqiana S. Herbert, 36, of Albany, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies; and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony.
Herbert is accused of failing to report another family member’s household income to the county Department of Social Services and stealing $4,349.28, police said.
• Regina Matthews, 34, of Albany, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies; and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony.
She allegedly stole $10,500.99 and failed to report another family member’s household income to the county Department of Social Services, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Sheneka M. Davis, 39, of Albany, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies.
Davis allegedly failed to report another family member’s household income to the county Department of Social Services and stole $9,548.
• Natasha N. Davis, 31, of Albany, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies.
She is accused of fraudulently stealing $3,456.68 by failing to report her income to the county Department of Social Services, police said.
• Shania G. Holt, 31, of Albany, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies; and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony.
Holt allegedly failed to report another family member’s household income to the county Department of Social Services and stole $10,198, according to police.
• Bonnie L. Greulich, 59, of Schenectady, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies.
She is accused of fraudulently stealing $4,324 after failing to report her income to the county Department of Social Services, according to the sheriff’s office.
• India N. Giles, 36, of Albany, was charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud, a class E felony. Giles allegedly stole $1,706 by failing to report her income to the county Department of Social Services.
The 14 defendants were arrested and arraigned in the city of Albany Criminal Court and released pending future court appearances.