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December 2, 2013

Welfare-fraud sweep nets 14 in Clinton County

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Annamarie J. Blanchard-Smith, 28, of Plattsburgh was charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud and two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She allegedly illegally received $2,114.14 after failing to accurately report her income. She is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference Dec. 3 with her lawyer, Miriam Hadden.

Stephen O. Buskey, 42, of Champlain was charged with third-degree grand larceny and three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Buskey allegedly unlawfully received $23,029.44 in mileage voucher reimbursements from the Clinton County Department of Social Services. Buskey is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial conference Dec. 18. He is represented by Daniel Gaudreau.

Jannette Drake, 40, of Ellenburg was charged with third-degree grand larceny. Drake allegedly illegally obtained $4,442.25 in medical assistance benefits by failing to accurately report her household income. Drake is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 10. Peter Dumas will act as her counsel.

Nathan M. Drake, 37, of Ellenburg was charged with third-degree grand larceny. Drake allegedly received $4,442.25 in medical assistance benefits that he wasn’t eligible for by falsely reporting his household income. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 10. His lawyer is Peter Dumas.

Gary Duffina, 62, of Mooers was charged with third-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Duffina allegedly unlawfully received $28,316.25 in medical assistance benefits by failing to accurately report his income. A court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 19. Duffina is represented by attorney David Gervais.

Nicholas Jaster, 39, of Plattsburgh was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. Jaster allegedly received $2,739.09 in public assistance benefits he was not entitled to after he failed to report his employment income. Jaster’s case is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Dec. 19. His lawyer is Allan Cruikshank.

Linda Latour, 64, of Plattsburgh was charged with third-degree welfare fraud and 11 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Latour allegedly illegally received $16,585.28 in medical and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. She is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 5 with her attorney, Daniel Gaudreau.

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