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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Area Residents Sentenced For Welfare Fraud

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

“Those who deliberately take advantage of public assistance programs will be
caught and punished for their crimes,” Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner
said. “These adjudications show that the Office of Inspector General is committed to
safeguarding and restoring taxpayers’ money.”

The following individuals were prosecuted and sentenced for fraudulently receiving
public assistance benefits:
· Gregory S. Beiler, 31, of Adamstown, Lancaster County, received more than
$1,050 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Beiler
was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
· Patrice A. Bright, 44, of Chester, Delaware County, received $1,400 in SNAP
benefits. Bright was sentenced to 1 year probation, 40 hours community
service and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
· Evann Conant-Knapp, 44, of Hermitage, Mercer County, received more than
$24,250 in SNAP benefits. Conant-Knapp was sentenced to 3-24 months
incarceration, one year probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and
costs.
· Wimari Cruz, 29, of Lancaster, Lancaster County, received more than $2,000
in SNAP benefits. Cruz was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
· Kirstie M. Denovitz, 22, of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, and Marina A.
Denovitz, 40, of Leola, Lancaster County, received more than $1,300 in SNAP
benefits. Both were ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
· Jennifer Hughart, 46, of Kunkletown, Carbon County, received $1,650 in
SNAP benefits. Hughart was sentenced to 2 years probation, 100 hours
community service and was ordered to pay full restitution.
· Lisa M. McDowell, 30, of Emporium, Cameron County, received more than
$1,700 in SNAP benefits. McDowell was sentenced to 2 years probation and
was ordered to pay full restitution and fines.
· Emma C. Meek, 43, of Grassflat, Clearfield County, received more than
$1850 in SNAP benefits. Meek was sentenced to 2 years probation and was
ordered to pay full restitution, costs, and fines.
· Patricia M. Prescott, 33, of Eldred, McKean County, received more than
$3,000 in subsidized child care benefits. Prescott was sentenced to 3 years
probation, 100 hours of community service and was ordered to pay full
restitution.
· Edward L. Rogers, 49, of Ridgway, Elk County, received more than $2,000 in
cash assistance benefits. Rogers was sentenced to 3 years probation and was
ordered to pay full restitution, costs, and fines.
· Shamica Williams, 33, of Erie, Erie County, received more than $8,300 in
cash assistance and SNAP benefits. Williams was sentenced to 36 months
probation and was ordered to pay full restitution.
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.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

That's just chump change & more proof that "welfare" isn't draining the system our politicians & corporate welfare are. This is a joke. Those sums will knock down our deficit real fast! Why don't they pay more attention to medicaid & medicare fraud where the major dollars are lost.

Anonymous said...

Funny how someone can get on the rolls so easy to missuse the money, but someone who trully needs help is denied over and over?

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous. I know for a fact some of these people didn't even fraud them. Also why should this be public information. The state needs to focus on real criminals.

Anonymous said...

Taking money that isn't yours how is that not a real criminal

Anonymous said...

6:02PM ... ask the Prez.

Anonymous said...

I am 602 and i agree 100%