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Lake George woman arrested for welfare fraud

— Kelly A. Mann, 40 years of age, of 7 Thompson Ave., Lake George, was recently arrested by Warren County Sheriff’s deputies.

Mann was charged with Welfare Fraud in the 3rd degree, Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree, Health Care Fraud 4th degree and two counts of Offering a False Instrument in the 1st degree after an investigation into a report from the Warren County Department of Social Services that she failed to accurately report her total accurate household composition when making applications to receive food stamp, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and medical assistance benefits.

The report alleged that Mann filed applications and re-certifications to receive public assistance benefits, as required to establish eligibility, and failed to accurately report her total accurate household composition. Specifically that she failed to report an individual who was employed and living in her residence. Eligibility to receive public assistance benefits is determined by a number of factors including total household income.

As a result she received more than $23,800 in food stamp benefits, HEAP and Medicaid benefits that she was otherwise ineligible to receive. Mann was charged and arraigned in Lake George Town Court. She was released on her own recognizance and was to re-appear in Queensbury Town Court on Oct. 15.

The investigation was conducted by Warren County Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin W. Conine and Warren County Department of Social Services Investigator Lisa Zulauf.

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