Jefferson County – Women faces $100,000 restution for lying to get benefits

WATERTOWN — A Sackets Harbor woman faces a restitution payment of almost $100,000 after she admitted to providing false information to obtain public benefits for about nine years.
Brittiany V. Thorp, 42, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny Tuesday in Jefferson County Court. She faces a possible sentence of up to five years probation and a restitution payment of $95,960.95 at her sentencing on Sept. 4.
Ms. Thorp admitted to acquiring more than $50,000 in benefits from the Jefferson County Department of Social Services by filing documents with false information between July 2008 and June 2017.

-Jul 4, 2019 – Watertown Daily Times

Wife of Schohorie Limo Driver Charged with Welfare Fraud

Kim Lisinicchia, wife of Scott Lisinicchia, the driver of the limousine that crashed on Oct.
The wife of the driver killed in the Schohorie limousine crash was charged with three felonies after the Warren County sheriff’s office said she underreported her income in order to qualify for a public housing vouchers.

Kim Lisinicchia, 54, was charged Tuesday with grand larceny, welfare fraud and offering a false instrument.

The Glens Falls Housing Authority told deputies that while Lisinicchia was living in Queensbury from January 2016 to October 2018 she failed to report over $24,000 in income from another household member.

Failing to report that money allowed Lisinicchia to qualify for a federal housing voucher.
She is due back in Glens Falls city court next week.

Scott Lisinicchia was among the 20 people killed on Oct. 6 when the limousine he was driving crashed into a wooded lot next to the Apple Barrel Country Store at the intersection of routes 30 and 30A.

The operator of the limo company, Nauman Hussain, 29, faces manslaughter charges and other offenses for allegedly allowing the limousine on the road despite known mechanical problems

Roxbury Man Pleads Guilty of Welfare Farud, Wife Spared Prosecution

Delaware County – January 23, 2019
By Lillian Browne

DELHI – As part of a negotiated plea and sentence deal, a Roxbury man pled guilty to welfare fraud in Delaware County Court on Jan. 14, in exchange for a probation sentence and $59,000 in restitution to be paid to the Delaware County Department of Social Services (DSS).
Anthony N. Bellissimo, 62, admitted to submitting an application to the Delaware County Department of Social Services that contained falsified information in order to obtain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits (SNAP) – also known as food stamps – HEAP (heating assistance) and Medicaid (medical insurance benefits), low income eligible social programs.
Following a lengthy investigation, DSS investigators discovered that Bellissimo has received income that he failed to report on the application from “working off the books.”
As part of the negotiated plea and sentence deal, six other felony charges, including multiple charges of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and several other third-degree welfare fraud charges, will be dismissed at sentencing and Bellissimo’s wife will be spared prosecution for the same charges.
Bellissimo will also pay restitution of $59,000 at sentencing, scheduled for March 11.
Of the case, District Attorney John Hubbard said, “Our local taxpayers are the ones that suffer when money is wrongfully obtained from public assistance programs. I am committed to protecting taxpayers’ dollars and my office will continue to prosecute these type of cases to the fullest extent.”