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24 accused of welfare fraud following investigation in Oneida County

By WKTV News

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. - Twenty-four people people have been accused of welfare fraud following "operation Tax Burden" in Oneida County.

This is the fourth sweep under Operation Tax Burden.

"The Oneida County District Attorney's Office is committed to addressing these crimes against taxpayers and to bring to justice those who abuse these programs intended to help those truly in need." said Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara.

Investigators from the Oneida County District Attorney's Office working with members of the Utica Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Oneida County Probation Department, United States Marshal's Office, New York State Police, New York State Division of Parole, New Hartford Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force executed arrest warrants over the last few weeks for individuals who allegedly have been fraudulently collecting welfare benefits including food stamps, Medicaid, public assistance, and daycare.  

According to the D.A.'s office, it is alleged that the subjects of these raids have collectively received more than $126,000 in illegal benefits. Authorities said the largest alleged theft involved Anna Hadyk, of Boonville, who is alleged to have illegally collected $34,976.  

Charged:
 

  • Anna Hadyk, of Boonville, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $34,976 from welfare
  • Barbara Cutler, of Rome, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $7,198.50  from welfare
  • Bernadette Nuzzo, of Syracuse, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $5,209 from welfare
  • Charisse M. Blackshear, of Utica, fourth-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $1,429 from welfare
  • Debra A. Jennings, of Waterville, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $25,055 from welfare
  • Henry Jones, of Utica, misuse of food stamps and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $708 from welfare
  • Hulizes Velazquez, of Utica, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $6,142.53 from Medicaid
  • Jody Hartman, of Utica , obtaining public assistance by fraud - accused of receiving $660 from welfare
  • Ka Ree, of Utica, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $9,316 from welfare
  • Karen L. Durant, of Utica, fourth-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $2,624 from welfare
  • Kenneth L. Pastor, of Utica, fourth-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument - accused of receiving $1,270 from welfare
  • Larry J. Piranti, of Utica, obtaining public assistance by fraud - accused of receiving $690 from welfare
  • Lori Wilcox, of Yorkville, second-degree offering a false instrument for filing  - accused of receiving an unspecified amount from welfare
  • Mary Lou Mattice, of Utica, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $4,283.74 from welfare
  • Matthew Foster, of Utica, misuse of food stamps, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $918 from welfare
  • Melissa Martineau, of Rome, fourth-degree grand larceny - accused of receiving $1,030.18 from welfare
  • Michelle A. Pastor, of Utica, fourth-degree grand larceny - accused of receiving $1,270 from welfare
  • Mya D. Hines, of Utica, fourth-degree grand larceny - accused of receiving $2,247.32 from welfare
  • Nakita M. Hagans, of Utica, obtaining public assistance by fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $159.70 from welfare
  • Rosanne Cole-Hatchard, of Utica, second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, accused of receiving an unspecified amount from welfare
  • Rose A. Elmer, of Utica, misuse of food stamps and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $708 from welfare
  • Steven Sobolewski, of Utica, fourth-degree grand larceny - accused of receiving $2,360 from welfare
  • Tiffany Mosca, of Rome, obtaining public assistance by fraud - accused of receiving $444 from welfare
  • Tina M. Newbury, of Chadwicks, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing - accused of receiving $4,283.74 from welfare

The investigation is ongoing and police say they are still attempting to execute six additional arrest warrants regarding this operation.

 

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