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ELIZABETHTOWN — Two Peru residents were charged with welfare fraud Wednesday.
It is alleged that Bunner Church, 45, and Shirley Church, 44, failed to report employment and wages to the Department of Social Services and received $2,916 in benefits to which they were not entitled, according to a news release from the Essex County Department of Social Services.
They were each charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud, a felony, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department served Bunner and Shirley with a criminal summons Wednesday to appear in Elizabethtown Town Court on July 11 before Judge Willaim Garrison.
The charges are a result of an investigation by the Essex County Department of Social Services Welfare Fraud Unit.
SARANAC LAKE — A Saranac Lake man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant after he failed to appear in Saranac Lake Village Court.
Jeremy Oliver, 35, was originally charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony; second-degree forgery, a felony; giving a false written statement, a misdemeanor; fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor, according to the Saranac Lake Police Department.
Oliver was arraigned in Saranac Lake Village Court and sent to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
CHAMPLAIN — Three foreigners were arrested on charges related to illegal entry into the United States.
Just after 11 p.m. June 15, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Champlain station encountered a man from El Salvador and determined that he had entered the U.S. illegally shortly before he was found in a vehicle driven by a U.S. citizen near Route 276 in Champlain, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Swanton Sector Headquarters.
Then, on Tuesday night, Border Patrol agents encountered two males and one female from Columbia, the release said. They were traveling in a vehicle near Route 11 in Champlain, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
The suspects are in federal court proceedings and are facing charges of entry without inspection; re-entry after deportation; and alien smuggling, all felonies.
Prosecution was approved by the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York.
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg