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8 individuals from region charged with welfare fraud, officials say

The Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General filed welfare fraud charges against eight individuals from six counties in the Johnstown region in the month of July. (MGN)

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General filed welfare fraud charges against eight individuals from six counties in the Johnstown region in the month of July.

The commonwealth is owed a total of $281,672.13 in 73 cases overall.

Additional cost savings will be realized as the defendants will be temporarily disqualified from receiving public benefits in the programs they defrauded.

For July 2017, the restitution totals by benefits program amounted to: $166,775.73 for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, $84,269.66 for medical assistance, $19,173.09 for cash assistance, $10,290.65 for subsidized day care and $1,163 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The OIG filed 35 criminal cases of fraudulently receiving public assistance in Pennsylvania that were graded as a felony of the third degree.

The local defendants are:

• Linda M. Gaunt, 46, of Johnstown in Cambria County, accused of $5,232 in SNAP fraud.

• Robert J. Kolson, 34, of Windber in Somerset County, accused of $9,055.63 in medical assistance fraud.

• Bradley C. Nortum, Jr., 43, of Johnsonburg in Elk County, accused of $3,297.20 in medical assistance fraud.

• Brooke R. Grassmyer, 43, of Tyrone in Blair County, accused of $4,266.10 in medical assistance fraud.

• Bruce W. Sykes, 63, of Brookville in Jefferson County, accused of $12,704.65 in medical assistance fraud.

If convicted, the maximum penalty they face is seven years in prison and a fine of $15,000, plus a mandatory disqualification period from the benefits program they are accused of defrauding.

The OIG filed 21 criminal cases of fraudulently receiving public assistance in Pennsylvania that were graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree.

The local defendants are:

• Inez L. Daugherty, 52, of East Freedom in Blair County, accused of $1,613 in SNAP fraud and $1,140.97 in medical assistance fraud.

• Jennifer L. Noel, 38, of Altoona in Blair County, accused of $1,147 in SNAP fraud and $1,984.97 in medical assistance fraud.

If convicted, the maximum penalty they face is five years in prison and a fine of $10,000, plus a mandatory disqualification period from the benefits program they are accused of defrauding.

The OIG filed 14 criminal cases of fraudulently receiving public assistance in Pennsylvania that were graded as a misdemeanor of the second degree.

The local defendant is:

• Heather L. Baney, 42, of Emporium in Cameron County, accused of $1,048.49 in medical assistance fraud.

If convicted, the maximum penalty she faces is two years in prison and a fine of $5,000, plus a mandatory disqualification period from the benefits program she is accused of defrauding.

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