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Four Lewis County residents accused of welfare fraud

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Four Lewis County residents face charges related to welfare fraud, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office said.

Michael J. Preece, 35, of Lowville was charged with one count of offering a false instrument in the first degree. Philip A. Boardman Jr., 43, of Port Leyden, was charged with welfare fraud in the fourth degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. Krista Wenstrom, 28, of Glendale, was charged with welfare fraud in the fourth degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree, forgery in the second degree and 11 counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. Amanda L. Walker, 34, of Lowville was charged with welfare fraud in the fourth degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree and three counts of offering a false instrument for filing first degree.

The arrests were part of a joint investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, the Lowville Village Police and the investigations unit of the Department of Social Services. The four were alleged to have received a total of $5,544 in benefits to which they were not entitled.

The four were released on their own recognizance pending further court appearances and possible grand jury action.

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