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14 Arrested in Welfare Fraud Sting

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LOCKPORT, NY--  Over a dozen Niagara County residents were arrested in a welfare fraud sting.

The arrests were made between October 2012-February 2013.

"The cost of welfare in Niagara County continues to be a massive burden for our taxpayers," says Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour.  "There is no room for fraud and the Sheriff's Office will continue to arrest and prosecute those who intend to cheat the system. While the resources to fight this problem continue to dwindle, the Sheriff's Office is committed to provide the resources needed to combat those willing to violate the public trust."

Arrested were:

Angelina Herkey, 25, of Niagara Falls, arrested on 10/24/12. She is charged with Forgery 2nd, Class B Felony; Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd, Class B Felony; Filing a False Instrument 1st, E Felony.

Gerald Zimmerman, 53, of Niagara Falls, arrested on November 5, 2012.  He is charged with Grand Larceny 4th, Class E Felony; Welfare Fraud 4th, Class E Felony; Offering a False Instrument 1st , E Felony.

Michantta Williams, 26, of Niagara Falls arrested on November 30, 2012.  She is charged with Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony.

Bobbi Seiler, 29, of Niagara Falls arrested on December 11, 2012. She is charged with Grand Larceny 3rd, D Felony; Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony; Welfare Fraud 3rd, D Felony.

Bernadette Leadingfox, 49, of Lewiston, New York arrested on December 11, 2012.  She is charged with Grand Larceny 3rd, D Felony; Welfare Fraud 3rd, D Felony and Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony.

Kirsten Stofle, 24, of N. Tonawanda arrested on January 15, 2013. She is charged with Grand Larceny 3rd, D Felony; Welfare Fraud 3rd, D Felony; Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony; Possession of Forged Instrument 2nd, D Felony.

Zachary Stofle, 25, of N. Tonawanda on January 15, 2013. He is charged with Grand Larceny 3rd, D Felony; Welfare Fraud 3rd, D Felony; Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony; Possession of Forged Instrument 2nd, D Felony.

Leah McNaughton, 25, of Niagara Falls arrested on January 15, 2013.  She is charged with Grand Larceny 3rd, D Felony; Welfare Fraud 3rd, D Felony; Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony.

Danielle Leighton, 31, of Niagara Falls arrested on January 16, 2013. She is charged with Grand Larceny 4th, E Felony; Welfare Fraud 4th, E Felony; Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony.

Christine Jamieson, 37, of Niagara Falls arrested on January 28, 2013. She is charged with Misuse of Food Stamps, Class A Misdemeanor.

Daniel McKean, 45, of Niagara Falls arrested on January 30, 2013. She is charged with Grand Larceny 4th, E Felony; Welfare Fraud 4th, E Felony; Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony.

Ashley Shipp, 23, of N. Tonawanda arrested on February 5, 2013. She is charged with Grand Larceny 4th, E Felony; Welfare Fraud 4th, E Felony; Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony.

Pearl Harpham, 33, of Niagara Falls arrested on February 8, 2013. She is charged with Misuse of Food Stamps, Class A Misdemeanor.

Thomas Deponceau, 27, of N. Tonawanda arrested on February 11, 2013. He is charged with Grand Larceny 4th, E Felony; Welfare Fraud 4th, E Felony; Offering a False Instrument 1st, E Felony.

Niagara County officials says the investigation is continuing and there could be more charges to other parties involved.

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