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Joint investigations by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Welfare Fraud Unit and Niagara County Department of Social Services have resulted in 15 arrests in recent weeks. The total amount these individuals received is over $28,000 and has led to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against those involved.

Charged in the investigations were:

Melinda Hunt, of Niagara Falls – fifth-degree welfare fraud and misuse of food stamps

Erik Johnson, of Niagara Falls – fourth-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

David Watts Sr., of Newfane – filing a false written statement, obstruction of governmental administration.

Kayla Wittcop, of Niagara Falls – fourth-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

Tyrone Jones, of Niagara Falls – fourth-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

Shawn Kennedy, of Niagara Falls – misuse of food stamps.

Crystal Pike, of North Tonawanda – fourth-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

Samantha Horne, of Niagara Falls – fourth-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

Justin Wittcop, of Gasport – third-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

Alanna Rogers, of Buffalo – third-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud.

Brian Moreland, of Olcott – offering a false instrument for filing.

Sabrina Kratz, of Niagara Falls – attempted petit larceny, fifth-degree attempted welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

Orval Hill, of Lockport – third-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

Jennifer Sieck, of Niagara Falls – third-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

Sheri Jackson, of Ransomville – third-degree grand larceny and welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said, “The cost of welfare in Niagara County continues to be a massive burden for our taxpayers. There is no room for fraud, and the Sheriff’s Office will continue to arrest and prosecute those who intend to cheat the system.”

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