Lake George The area’s most prominent Elvis impersonator, Joseph E. Ramsey, and his wife Angela J. Ramsey, both 33 years old, have been arrested and arraigned on felony charges relating to welfare fraud.
Police said the two failed to accurately report their total household income, particularly Joe Ramsey’s earnings as an Elvis tribute artist.
Authorities said Friday Jan. 6 that the Ramseys, residents of LaRose St. in Glens Falls, were arrested and charged with second-degree Grand Larceny, third-degree Welfare Fraud, third-degree Health Care Fraud, two counts each of fourth-degree Health Care Fraud, and eight counts of first-degree Offering a False Instrument for Filing.
The charges were imposed following an investigation by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the county Department of Social Services into a report the Ramseys were not accurately reporting their total household income while collecting public assistance, food stamp and Medicaid benefits.
Joe Ramsey is a popular, award-winning Elvis impersonator, appearing at various venues locally and across the eastern U.S. and Canada. He has won accolades at the annual Lake George Elvis Festival, and he won First Place in the 2010 New England Elvis Festival.
In shows from Memphis to Montreal, he has wowed crowds with his powerful vocals and stage presence — both of which bear an uncanny resemblance to Elvis Presley.
Police said the Ramseys received $50,297 or more in public assistance benefits from January 2008 through December 2011 that they were not eligible to collect.
The charges contain allegations that the Ramseys filed applications and re-certifications with the Department of Social Services that contained false information.
The Ramseys were arraigned in Queensbury Town Court and released on their own recognizance; ordered to return to court at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6.
Conducting the investigation was county Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin W. Conine and county Social Services Investigator Elizabeth Burke. Glens Falls Police Detective Paul Frettoloso assisted.