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State Inspector General Charges 183 With Welfare Fraud

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 23, 2018

State Inspector General Charges 183 With Welfare Fraud
in First Quarter of 2018

Commonwealth Owed Nearly $627,000 in Restitution
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Office of State Inspector General (OSIG) filed welfare fraud charges against 183 individuals between January 1 and March 31, 2018.  The restitution owed the commonwealth in these cases totals $626,645.90. Additional cost savings will be realized as the defendants will be temporarily disqualified from receiving public benefits in the programs they defrauded.
 
 “I am proud of the hard work of our Office in protecting the integrity of our vital public benefits programs. The Office of State Inspector General will continue to work diligently to ensure benefits reach those in need and to save Pennsylvania taxpayers’ money.”  State Inspector General Bruce R. Beemer said.
 
The OSIG filed 67 criminal cases of fraudulently receiving public assistance that were graded as felonies of the third degree. The defendants are:
 
• Jamie L. Miller, Sr. of Montgomery in Lycoming County, for $3,354 in SNAP fraud and $2,054 in cash assistance fraud.
• Angela L. Perkins, of Brownsville in Fayette County, for $2,886 in SNAP fraud and $2,737.50 in cash assistance fraud.
• Shaneka D. Alberty, of Sharon in Mercer County, for $4,548 in SNAP fraud and $2,736 in cash assistance fraud.
• Ebony T. Morgan, of Scranton in Lackawanna County, for $2,921 in SNAP fraud and $2,659.49 in cash assistance fraud.
• Lashawn T. Roberts, of Sharon in Mercer County, for $3,000 in cash assistance fraud.
• Bethany K. Dorn, of New Brighton in Beaver County, for $3,701 in SNAP fraud and $1,179 in cash assistance fraud.
• Derek C. Cunningham, of Springfield in Delaware County, for $3,066 in SNAP fraud.
• Toni R. Coldsmith, of Chambersburg in Franklin County, for $3,256 in SNAP fraud and $637.89 in medical assistance fraud.
• Wadeeah Rahman-Salla, of Lansdowne in Delaware County, for $1,581 in SNAP fraud and $11,064.75 in subsidized day care fraud.
• Aleta Pryer, of Upper Darby in Delaware County, for $3,716 in SNAP fraud.
• Lara M. Breon, of Williamsport in Lycoming County, for $3,677 in SNAP fraud.
• Tiffany M. Matheny, of California in Washington County, for $8,858 in SNAP fraud.
• Nina M. Thompson, of Altoona in Blair County, for $3,150 in SNAP fraud and $519 in LIHEAP fraud.
• Amanda R. Hair, of Shermans Dale in Perry County, for $4,056 in SNAP fraud.
• Kristal R. Bookhardt, of Brownsville in Fayette County, for $2,348 in SNAP fraud and $749.57 in LIHEAP fraud.
• Brittany Wilson, of Darby in Delaware County, for $4,798 in SNAP fraud.
• Zachary A. Harrell, of York in York County, for $3,032 in SNAP fraud.
• Ana M. Arroyo, of Reading in Berks County, for $4,326 in SNAP fraud.
• Heidi L. Thompson, of Martins Ferry, Ohio; formerly of Graysville, Pa., in Greene County; for $1,064.86 in SNAP fraud and $3,031.35 in medical assistance fraud.
• Amber S. Irby, of Saylorsburg in Monroe County, for $5,078 in SNAP fraud, $1,152.90 in medical assistance fraud and $200 in LIHEAP fraud.
• Nicole L. Boyd, of Ephrata in Lancaster County, for $6,507 in SNAP fraud.
• Aida Lamboy, of Lancaster in Lancaster County, for $4,053 in SNAP fraud.
• Heather M. Jackson, of Douglassville ion Berks County, for $4,141 in SNAP fraud.
• Allison L. Workinger, of York in York County, for $3,146.55 in subsidized day care fraud.
• Abdirahin Mohamed Muse, of Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County, for $4,262.00 in SNAP fraud and $3,142.96 in cash assistance fraud.
• Fatumo Ibrahim Roble, of Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County, for $0.00
• Jodi Tettemer, of East Stroudsburg in Monroe County, for $$4,014.00 in SNAP and $2,821.00 in cash assistance fraud.
• Kelly Warrelmann, of Bethlehem in Northampton County, for $1,535.00 in SNAP and $2,530.48 in cash assistance fraud.
• Nakia Velardo, of Wilkes Barre in Luzerne County, for $4,812.00 in SNAP and $2,718.00 in cash assistance fraud.
• Bethany Dorn, of New Brighton in Beaver County, for $3,701.00 in SNAP and $1,179.00 in cash assistance fraud.
• Alisha Bush, of Erie in Erie County, for $3,593.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Tiffany Baker, of Norristown in Montgomery County, for $3.082.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Jasslin Dejesus, of Allentown in Lehigh County, for $3,233.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Jeree Davis, of Norristown in Montgomery County, for $3.047.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Emelin Paulino, of Hazleton in Luzerne County, for $1,461.00 in SNAP fraud.
• William Neighoff, of Mount Wolf in York County, for $3,199.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Regina Bowman, of Dover in York County, for $4,785.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Casaundra Spadaro, of Belle Vernon in Fayette County, for $3,439.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Rashonda Cooper, of Homestead FL., for $3,043.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Amber Yearney, of Brookville in Jefferson County, for $10,144.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Connie Knupp, of Stahlstown in Westmoreland County, for $4,362.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Chelsy Barr, of West Alexander in Washington County, for $3,515.23 in SNAP fraud.
• Tina Nye, of Johnsonburg in Elk County, for $6,564.00 in SNAP fraud
• Tina Nicgorski, of Rochester in Beaver County, for $954.00 in SNAP fraud and $7,192.18 in Medical assistance.
• Annamarie Kennedy, of Georgetown in Beaver County, for $3,815.00 in SNAP fraud.
• Tonya Smeltzer, of Greenville in Mercer County, for $5,346.00 in SNAP fraud and $5,983.00 in Medical assistance.
• Mariam Traore, of Harrisburg in Dauphin County, for $5,985.51 in subsidized daycare fraud.
• Carl Germain, of Abington in Montgomery County, for $8,723.55 subsidized daycare fraud.
• Denise Sampson, of Darby in Delaware County, for $10,412,47 subsidized daycare fraud.
• Natashia Bone, of Jeannette in Westmoreland County, for $9,859.93 subsidized daycare fraud.

• Jeffrey Evans, of Port Allegany in McKean County, for $13,268.80 in Cash Assistance Fraud and$7,475.00 in SNAP Fraud.
• Wanda Bejar, of Allentown in Lehigh County, for $2,675.30 in Cash Assistance Fraud and $1,390.00 in SNAP Fraud.
• Staci Watkins, of Hermitage in Mercer County, for $1,982.50 in Cash Assistance Fraud and $2,287.00 in SNAP Fraud.
• Brittany Jarrett, of Aliquippa in Beaver County, for $1,197.50 in Cash Assistance Fraud and $1,875.00 in SNAP Fraud.
• Samantha Soto, of Macungie in Lehigh County, for $1,589.00 in Cash Assistance Fraud and $1,458.29 in SNAP Fraud.
• Nicole Gockel, of Greensburg in Westmoreland County, for $7,520.00 in SNAP Fraud and$1,336.15 in Medical Assistance Fraud.
• Tina St. Claire, of Chambersburg, in Franklin County, for $4,824.00 in SNAP Fraud.
• Stacie Fetrow, of Media, in Delaware County, for $3,472. In SNAP Fraud.
• Amanda Wilson, McVeytown, in Mifflin County, for $5,292.37 in SNAP Fraud.
• Jessica Bates, of Ligonier in Westmoreland County, for $4,315.00 in SNAP Fraud.
• Casey Dunn, of Scranton in Lackawana County, for $1,164.00 in SNAP Fraud and $3,753.58 in Medical Assistance Fraud.
• Laiza Santiago, of Reading in Berks County, for $14,494.00 in Cash Assistance Fraud.
• Donna Vito, of York in York County, for $3,107.00 in Cash Assistance Fraud.
• Kristina Bradley, of New Brighton in Beaver County, for $1,023.00 in Cash Assistance Fraud and $2,309.77 in SNAP Fraud.
• Mariah McDivitt, of Franklin in Venango County, for $3,284.56 in SNAP Fraud.
• Melody Yoos, of Cochranton in Crawford County, for $4,480.71 in SNAP Fraud.
• Tamara Holton-Trollinger, of Harrisburg in Dauphin County, for $37,534.48 in Medical Assistance Fraud.
 
If convicted, the maximum penalty they face is seven years in prison and a fine of $15,000, plus a mandatory disqualification period from the benefits program they defrauded.

In addition, the OSIG filed one hundred sixteen (116) misdemeanor charges of public benefits fraud.

To report suspected fraud please call the Welfare Fraud Tipline at 1-800-932-0582 or visit the OSIG website at www.oig.pa.gov. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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