NEWS RELEASE DETAILS

DATE/TIME: Friday, March 9th, 2007 / 04:00 PM
SUBJECT:4 ARRESTED IN PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BENEFITS FRAUD SWEEP


A joint operation between the Schenectady Police Department and the Schenectady County Department of Social Services (DSS) targeting public assistance benefits fraud has resulted in the arrests of 4 city women.

Detectives and patrol officers teamed with DSS investigators this morning to arrest the following people:

* April Boynton, 28, of 39 Furman Street, is charged with the felonies of Grand Larceny-3rd degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing-1st. Boynton used DSS-provided daycare services after she was terminated from her job and failed to notify the agency of that fact. As a result, she received $5,151 in daycare services that she wasn’t entitled to.

* Cozetta Jackson, 21, of 1569 Carrie Street, is charged with the felonies of Grand Larceny-4th and Offering a False Instrument for Filing-1st. When Jackson filed an application with DSS for daycare services, she failed to indicate that the father of her children was living in her house and was not working. These facts would have made her ineligible to receive DSS-provided daycare services. Not reporting this information resulted in Jackson receiving $1,379 in services that she wasn’t entitled to.

* Kelly Mathews, 26, of 915 Pleasant Street, is charged with the felonies of Welfare Fraud-3rd and Offering a False Instrument for Filing-1st. Matthews failed to notify DSS that the father of her 4 children was living in her house and was employed. Not reporting his income resulted in Matthews receiving $4,781 in benefits that she wasn’t entitled to.

* Tykiscia Montgomery, 22, of 937 Cutler Street, is charged with the misdemeanor of Petit Larceny and the felony of Offering a False Instrument for Filing-1st. Montgomery submitted bills to DSS for reimbursement of daycare services for dates and hours that she did not work at her place of employment. This resulted in her receiving $906 in daycare payments that she was not entitled to.

All of the women were arraigned today in Police Court and were released under the supervision of the Schenectady County Probation Department. All of them are due back in court on March 23rd.

These 4 women received a total of $12,217 taxpayer-subsidized benefits that they knew they were not entitled to. This joint operation was part of a continuing effort to aggressively combat public assistance benefits fraud in Schenectady.