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Couple charged with Medicaid, HEAP fraud

GLENS FALLS - A married couple faces charges of grand larceny and fraud for failing to report income from a lawn care business while collecting Medicaid and Home Energy Assistance Progam benefits.

Edward Allen, Jr, 57, and his wife Darlene M. Allen, 55, both of Glens Falls, filed annually for Medicaid and HEAP assistance. Edward Allen, allegedly ran a lawn care business for nine years without reporting its income on assistance applications. The couple received more than $25,000 in benefits that they may not have been qualified to collect.

Edward Allen, Jr is charged with one count of grand larceny in the third degree, four counts of health care fraud in the fourth degree, one count of health care fraud in the fifth degree, and six counts of offering a false statement for filing in the first degree.

Darlene M. Allen is charged with one count of grand larceny in the third degree and nine counts of offering a false instrument in the first degree.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen were arraigned in Queensbury Court. Mrs. Allen was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear May 31. Mr. Allen was remanded to Warren County Jail without bail and is scheduled to appear May 23.

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