Sullivan County Fraud Task Force Arrests

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2021

The Sullivan County Welfare Fraud Task Force has arrested:

March 12th 2021 – Bridget K. Sattler 34 of Monticello was arrested and charged with the Class E Felony of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Theft of Services a Class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that Sattler stole $ 816.52 by taking Medicaid Transportation for non-medical reasons and then filing fraudulent vouchers for the trips. Sattler was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Liberty Court at a later date.

March 16th 2021 – Melanie I Powell 41 of White Sulphur Springs was arrested and charged with the Class E Felony of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Theft of Services a Class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that Powell stole $ 985.98 by taking Medicaid Transportation for non-medical reasons and then filing fraudulent vouchers for the trips. Powell was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Liberty Court at a later date.

March 24th 2021 – Joshua T. Lessard 37 of Monticello was arrested on an outstanding Parole Violation Warrant issued for violating the conditions of his Parole. Lessard was remanded to the Sullivan County Jail pending a Parole Hearing.

March 31st 2021 – A joint investigation with members of the New York State Department of Financial Services Frauds Bureau and Sullivan County welfare Fraud Task Force has resulted in the arrest of Sullivan County Jail inmate Roy L. Elliot 54 of Monticello and Bertha L. Greene 56 of Liberty. Both Elliot and Greene were arrested and charged with the Class C Felony of Forgery in the First Degree, the Class E Felony of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, the Class E Felony of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, the Class E Felony of Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, the Class E Felony of Misuse of Food Stamps in the Fourth Degree and the Class A Misdemeanor of Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree. Elliot and Greene allegedly conspired to and did forge a SNAP re-certification and continued to collect benefits in Elliot’s name in the amount of $1,950.00 even though Elliot was incarcerated and ineligible for benefits. Both were arraigned in the Town of Liberty Court, Elliot was returned to the Sullivan County Jail and Greene was released on her own recognizance. Both Elliot and Greene are scheduled to return to the Town of Liberty Court at a later date.

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