Warren County Couple Charged with $70,000 Welfare Fraud

QUEENSBURY — A Queensbury couple was arrested Wednesday on welfare charges for allegedly receiving more than $70,000 in improper welfare benefits during the five-year period, according to police.

Lauren A. Camarda, 30, and 32-year-old Justin A. Pfittze, both of 103 Alpine Ave., are accused of failing to accurately report that Pfittze was living in the home and considered a wage earner, according to a news release from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

That resulted in an overpayment of $52,946.77 in Child Care Assistance benefits and $19,119 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, police said.The investigation detailed the alleged fraud occurred from May 2013 through October 2018 and was brought to the attention of authorities by the Department of Social Services Fraud Investigation Unit.

Both were charged with three felony counts of second-degree grand larceny, second-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree conspiracy. In addition to the above charges, Camarda was also charged with felony first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, police said.Both were processed and arraigned in the Town of Queensbury Court and released on their own recognizance.Warren County Department of Social Services Fraud Unit Investigator Barbara Meade and Sheriff’s Investigator Christopher Hatin handled the case.

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