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Authorities: couple abused welfare system

QUEENSBURY - Daniel B. Saville, 58, and Lisa M. Ireland, 46, were charged last week with the theft of more than $175,000 in public assistance benefits over more than five years, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

The woman collected rent subsidies to live at 946 West Mountain Road in Queensbury, which she rented from Saville, but actually lived with him at his Lupine Lane residence, police said.

Ireland was arraigned Jan. 27 on one count of second-degree Welfare Fraud, 15 counts of second-degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and 24 counts of first-degree Offering a False Instrument.

The following day, Saville was arraigned on one count of third-degree Grand Larceny, one count of third-degree Welfare Fraud, and six counts of first-degree Offering a False Instrument.

Both were released on $1,000 cash bail and scheduled to return to Warren County Court on March 11.

The investigation was conducted by Warren County Sheriff's Office investigator Kevin Conine, Lt. C. Shawn Lamouree, Warren County Social Service investigators Lisa Zulauf and Elizabeth Burke and the Warren County District Attorney's Office.

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