Three arrested on welfare fraud charges in Ulster County

KINGSTON – Three women were arrested in separate cases of welfare fraud in Ulster County.

Maria Whitbeck, 54, of Kingston, was arrested by Ulster County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with the felonies of welfare fraud, grand larceny and four counts of offering a false instrument for filing.

An investigation by the county Department of Social Services Special Investigations Unit along with the office of the district attorney, found that between September 2017 and September 2019, Whitbeck had filed four recertifications with DSS, not disclosing that she was receiving Social Security income, resulting in her receiving $4,247 in SNAP benefits to which she was not entitled.

Stacey Jacobs, 37, of Pine Hill, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and charged with misdemeanors of welfare fraud and two counts of misuse of food stamps.

Investigation found she had accessed SNAP benefits of an incarcerated person between March and April 2019 and obtained $284.60 in benefits that did not belong to her.

Alida Brown, 35, of Kingston, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and charged with the felony of offering a false instrument for filing and a misdemeanor of attempted welfare fraud.

It was determined she had submitted falsified income and employment records to DSS for eligibility for SNAP benefits.



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