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Sixteen people charged with committing crimes against revenue

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - During the past two weeks, 16 people have been arrested and charged with committing crimes against revenue, including welfare and unemployment fraud, Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara said.

The arrests were part of Operation Tax Burden, which is an effort of the district attorney's office in conjunction with the Oneida County Department of Social Services, the U.S. Marshall's New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, Utica Police Department, the New York State Division of Parole and the New York State Department of labor.

The follow people were arrested and charged:

* Amra Babic, of Rosemont Place in Utica, is charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and is accused of wrongfully obtaining about $1,908 in public assistance benefits.

* Danielle N. Billins of Wall Street in Utica is charged with unlawfully obtaining public assistance and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. She is accused of wrongfully obtaining about $333 in daycare assistance.

* Teresa Canelo of Oneida Street in Utica is charged with grand larceny in the third degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. She allegedly wrongfully received about $7,188 in food stamps.

* Gary R. Carpenter of Liverpool, N.Y., is charged with grand larceny in the third degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree after he allegedly wrongfully obtained about $8,927 in food stamps.

* Jennifer C. Carpenter (Thomas) of Roberts Street in Utica is accused of wrongfully obtaining about $541 in daycare assistance. She is charged with unlawfully obtaining public assistance and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.

* Anthony Edwards of Hillcrest Avenue in Utica is charged with misuse of food stamps and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. He is alleged to have wrongfully obtained about $248 in food stamp benefits.

* Juan P. Gonzalez of Bartlett Road in Rome is accused of wrongfully obtaining about $1,247 in public assistance benefits and is charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree.

* Alissa M. Guarascio of Jay Street in Utica is charged with grand larceny in the third degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. She is accused of wrongfully obtaining $3,282 in food stamp benefits.

* Maria Luciano of Stueben Street in Utica is accused of wrongfully obtaining about $4,323 in social services benefits. She is charged with grand larceny in the third degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.

* Michael Morey of State Route 26 in Eaton, N.Y., is accused of wrongfully obtaining about $9,498 in unemployment benefits and is charged with grand larceny in the third degree.

* Princess Paye of Elm Street in Utica is charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and grand larceny in the third degree. She is accused of wrongfully obtaining $3,173 in food stamp benefits.

* Rebekah L. Perez of Waverly Place in Utica is charged with grand larceny in the third degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. She allegedly wrongfully obtained $12,662 in food stamps and public assistance benefits.

* Kimberlei Treen of Flagg Avenue in Utica is accused of wrongfully obtaining about $6,287 in food stamps and Medicaid benefits. She is charged with grand larceny in the third degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.

* Anthony and Tyniquia Walton of Adams Street in Utica are accused of wrongfully obtaining about $1,536 in public assistance benefits. They are charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.

* Darryl Weldon of Genesee Street in Utica is accused of wrongfully obtaining about $1,469 in public assistance benefits. He is charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree.

In addition to these arrests, 21 in Rome City Court and 16 in Utica City Court were charged by the filing of a summons during the first nine months of the year for similar crimes against revenue. Others are still being sought as part of an ongoing investigation.

 

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