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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Office of Inspector General Announces December 2012 Welfare Fraud Adjudications

Office of Inspector General Announces December 2012 Welfare Fraud Adjudications
Harrisburg –Twenty Pennsylvania residents pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and/or
were sentenced for their crimes during December, the Office of Inspector General
(OIG) announced today.

“There is no tolerance for individuals who deliberately cheat the welfare system,”
Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner said. “Our office works with all district
attorneys to eliminate welfare fraud through prosecution, helping to preserve
taxpayer dollars for the truly needy."

The following individuals were prosecuted and sentenced for fraudulently receiving
public assistance benefits:

· Cheryl I. Breen, 58, of Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, received more than
$1,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Breen was sentenced to two years probation, 50 hours community service
and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
· Aqeela Brown, 35, of Lancaster, Lancaster County, received more than
$1,050 in SNAP benefits. Brown was ordered to pay full restitution and fines.
· Mohammed N. Brown, 25, of Reading, Berks County, received more than
$2,050 in SNAP benefits. Brown was sentenced to five years probation and
was ordered to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Frank E. Buffington, 38, of Middletown, Dauphin County, received more than
$1,900 in SNAP benefits. Buffington was sentenced to one year probation
and was ordered to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Angelique M. Calloway, 42, of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, received
more than $2,350 in SNAP benefits. Calloway was sentenced to two years
probation and was ordered to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Ashley Clark, 25, of Warfordsburg, Fulton County, received more than $1,100
in SNAP benefits. Clark was sentenced to 60 months probation and ordered
to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Edward W. Daub, 33, of Allentown, Lehigh County, received more than
$3,300 in SNAP benefits. Daub was sentenced to 18 months probation and
was ordered to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Tammy M. Fishel, 48, of Enola, Cumberland County, received more than
$1,450 in SNAP benefits. Fishel was sentenced to six months probation and
was ordered to pay full restitution and fines.
· Beth Heller, 28, of Sunbury, Northumberland County, received more than
$3,450 in SNAP benefits. Heller was sentenced to one year probation and
was ordered to pay full restitution and fines.
· Patrick J. Laudermilch, 38, of Annville, Lebanon County, received more than
$1,100 in cash assistance benefits. Laudermilch was sentenced to 18
months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Tray Lias, 49, of Lancaster, Lancaster County, received more than $1,200 in
SNAP benefits. Lias was ordered to pay full restitution and fines.
· Douglas H. Middleton, 59, of Reading, Berks County received more than
$1,800 in cash assistance benefits. Middleton was sentenced to five years
probation and was ordered to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Jamie Neidigh, 30, of Newville, Cumberland County, received more than
$3,200 in subsidized child care benefits. Neidigh was sentenced to two years
probation and was ordered to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Clarissa L. Ortenzi, 26, of Lebanon, Lebanon County, received more than
$1,150 in SNAP benefits. Ortenzi was sentenced to 18 months probation and
was ordered to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Kathy J. Pittman, 38, of Ronks, Lancaster County, received more than $1,200
in SNAP benefits. Pittman was ordered to pay full restitution and fines.
· Whitney J. Powell, 24, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, received more than
$1,200 in SNAP benefits. Powell was sentenced to 12 months probation and
was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
· Jose L. Rodriguez-Ortiz, 64, of Lancaster, Lancaster County, received more
than $1,400 in SNAP benefits. Rodriguez-Ortiz was ordered to pay full
restitution, costs and fines.
· Kayla R. Shumaker, 23, of Titusville, Crawford County, received more than
$16,250 in subsidized child care benefits. Shumaker was sentenced to seven
years probation and was ordered to pay full restitution, costs and fines.
· Tracey L. Snyder, 45, of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, received more
than $1,100 in SNAP benefits. Snyder was ordered to pay full restitution and
fines.
· Helen Tang, 53, of Lancaster, Lancaster County, received more than $1,350
in cash assistance benefits. Tang was ordered to pay full restitution and
costs.

The Office of Inspector General’s Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution is
responsible for investigating welfare fraud and conducting collection activities for
programs administered by, or contracted through, the Department of Public
Welfare.

The Office of Inspector General works with county assistance offices statewide to
identify suspected cases of public assistance fraud and with local district attorneys
to bring the cases to prosecution.

Anyone found guilty of welfare fraud could face a maximum sentence of seven
years in prison, fines up to $15,000, mandatory restitution, and program
disqualification.

The Office of Inspector General also relies on tips from concerned citizens. To
report suspected fraud, call the Welfare Fraud Tipline at 1-800-932-0582. Callers
may remain anonymous.

Visit the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General online at www.oig.state.pa.us.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

These people should go to jail! They were stealing! Yet I am sure they don't have jobs, but I am sure they have the important things in life....such as an iphone.....don't understand how people that live off welfare have nicer things than the people that work for what they have.......

Anonymous said...

In the cities it's called bama-bucks ! Did you know that welfare offices are pushing benefits now sorta like telemarketing! More government hand outs!

Anonymous said...

They have not even made a dent in the fruad. There is that many in this small town. Give me a break. I can go up nad down my street and get that many.

Anonymous said...

Just glad to see that they are finally doing their jobs!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

And on Wall Street billions are stolen on a regular basis and the Justice Dept refuses to investigate.

Keep chasing the nickel and dimers and blaming the poor people. The guys that own you, this nation and our economy appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

To 10:44:00 PM EST - spoken like a true welfare rat. It's theft of tax dollars working folks have taken from them. I wish the .GOV would send me a photo of the reliefer family I'm supporting to hang on my fridge.

Mr Sarcastic said...

And on the other hand...there sits congress....hasn't passed a budget in 4 years , but it only takes a day to vote in a pay raise for themselves without coming close to doing there jobs. There is where the real crooks are.

break the law-get free stuff said...

go ahead, arrest them. they will have a record and be unable to get a job. then, they will have a legal right to that and much more free stuff.