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March 9, 2013

Police Log: March 9, 2013 — Felony arrest

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two Lake Placid residents were charged with felony welfare fraud.

Gregg Staves, 37, and Gwendolyn Staves, 41, were both charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies, according to a press release from the Essex County Department of Social Services Welfare Fraud Unit.

Gregg and Gwendolyn allegedly failed to report employment and wages to Social Services and, as a result, they received $2,140,75 in benefits to which they were not entitled, according to the release.

On March 2, the two were served a criminal summons by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department to appear in Elizabethtown Town Court on March 21 to face the charges.

— By Staff Writers Felicia Krieg and Denise A. Raymo

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