13 picked up, 4 at large in St. Lawrence County-wide welfare fraud sweep
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 5:26 pm

CANTON -- More than a dozen people have been charged in a countywide welfare fraud sweep for allegedly defrauding Social Services of over $104,000, according to a statement from District Attorney Gary Pasqua.

He said 13 people were charged Friday with four suspects still at large.

Those charged Friday include:

Georgeanna L. Aldous, 47, of Lisbon was arraigned on Friday in Canton Town Court by judge Michael Morgan for one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud, a class E felony. She allegedly received $1,312 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Kandy L. Butler, 29 of Ogdensburg was arraigned Friday by Justice Morgan for one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud. She allegedly received $3,906 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Brandi David, 41, of Ogdensburg was arraigned Friday by Justice Morgan for one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud. She allegedly received $2,046 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Ashley Debiew, 25, of Massena was arraigned Friday by Justice Morgan for one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud. She allegedly received $1,852 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Cara E. Dimon, 25, of Massena was arrested on Friday and charged with one count of fourth-degree welfare fraud. She allegedly received $1,739 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Jessica Driscoll, 29, of Ogdensburg was arraigned Friday by Justice Morgan for one class D felony count of third-degree welfare fraud and two class E felony counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly received $3,789.80 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Crystal L. Lalone, 39, of Ogdensburg was arraigned Friday by Justice Morgan for third-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly received $10,654 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Amber Morrill, 35, of Russell was arraigned Friday by Justice Morgan for third-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly received $5,108 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Kerry M. Pelo, 36, of Newton Falls was charged Friday with fourth-degree welfare fraud and a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree welfare fraud. She allegedly received $1,560 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Star L. Perrin, 39, of Massena was charged Friday with one count of third-degree welfare fraud and two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly received $31,573.94 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Lynn A. Ryan, 46, of Winthrop was charged Friday with one count of third-degree welfare fraud and two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly received $15,894 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Sherri A. Scott, 51, of Heuvelton was arraigned by Justice Morgan on Friday for one count of welfare fraud in the. She allegedly received $1,380.50 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

Nancy G. Sherman, 27 of Richville was arraigned Friday by Justice Morgan for third-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly received $5,844 in Public Assistance benefits she was not entitled to receive after failing to accurately report income information, the DA’s office said.

“Our county stretches limited resources to provide for those in need, therefore it is important to take action against those individuals who unlawfully defraud taxpayers by providing dishonest information to obtain welfare benefits," St. Lawrence County Administrator Ruth A. Doyle said in a prepared statement from the DA's office.

“Here in St. Lawrence County our welfare benefits provide vital support to genuinely needy families at great cost to honest hard working taxpayers. Those individuals who gain benefits through deception are stealing medicine, groceries, and other necessary provisions from innocent children, vulnerable seniors, working citizens, and others in need.” DA Pasqua added that, “we are grateful to the Sheriff’s Department as well as the Department of Social Services, and we are committed to continuing our work with them to pursue and prosecute welfare fraud offenders throughout the County," Pasqua said in a prepared statement.

In a prepared statement from the DA's office, county Sheriff Kevin Wells stated that he “is proud of the professionalism and participation of the Sheriff’s Department in carrying out this operation, which is critical to deterring abuse of the taxpayers and ensuring that these critical resources go to those in need.”