Officials Crackdown On Welfare Fraud

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JAMESTOWN – Several people are facing charges following a recent welfare fraud crackdown.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports that Louann Vincent, 66, of Jamestown, allegedly failed to notify the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services of her Social Security income while receiving food stamps.







Investigators said the unreported income allowed Vincent to receive $2,686.50 in unentitled food stamp benefits between September 1, 2016 through October 15, 2017.

Vincent is charged with two counts of fourth-degree welfare fraud, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, misuse of food stamps and fourth-degree grand larceny.







In a separate case, Melissa Williams, 44, of Jamestown, allegedly failed to notify the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services that she was employed and receiving income between June 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016 while receiving food stamp benefits.

Deputies said the unreported income allowed Williams to receive $1,180.00 in unentitled benefits.













She is charged with three counts of fourth-degree welfare fraud, first degree offering a false instrument for filing, misuse of food stamps and fourth-degree grand larceny.

In another report, Shawn Brewer, 48, of Westfield, was charged after allegedly failing to notify the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services that he was receiving income from his online eBay stores while receiving benefits.

The unreported income reportedly allowed Brewer to receive $1,765.00 in unentitled benefits.

Brewer is charged with five counts of fourth-degree welfare fraud, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, misuse of food stamps and fourth-degree grand larceny.

In the final incident reported, James Gleason, 34, of Little Valley, allegedly failed to notify the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services that he was employed at Maplevale Farms and receiving income from July 1, 2015 through October 31, 2015 while he was receiving benefits.

Deputies report the alleged unreported employment allowed Gleason to receive $1,412.00 in unentitled benefits.

Gleason is charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, misuse of food stamps and fourth-degree grand larceny.

All are scheduled to appear in various court jurisdictions at a later date.

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