Four charged with welfare fraud in Herkimer County
HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Four people from Herkimer County are facing welfare fraud charges following unrelated investigations by the Sheriff's Office. According to the Herkimer County Sheriff's Office, the Welfare Fraud Unit has charged the following people: William K. Lunny, 61, of West Winfield, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Authorities said Lunny failed to report income and fraudulently received $5,421 worth of welfare benefits. Lunny was arraigned in Herkimer Village court and committed to the Herkimer County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail. Sarah A. Rogers, 30, of Little Falls was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree welfare fraud, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Authorities say Rogers failed to report all of her income and fraudulently received day care benefits and Medicaid benefits totaling $1,994.01. Rogers was processed and released with appearance ticket returnable to Herkimer Village Court. Cheri L. McCoy, 49, of Frankfort, was charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny. Authorities said McCoy failed to report that she was receiving unemployment benefits while collecting welfare benefits. Authorities said McCoy fraudulently received $2,210.30 worth of benefits. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable to Herkimer Village Court. Samantha Jo Eissler, 27, of Schuyler, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud. Authorities said Eissler failed to report all household income and fraudulently received $1,563.74 worth of welfare benefits. Eissler was processed and released with an appearance ticket returnable Herkimer Village Court.