Welfare fraud cases

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two Essex County women are facing welfare fraud charged following investigations by the

Essex County Department of Social Services Welfare Fraud Unit.

According to a news release, Elizabeth A. Stork, 43, of Jay is facing charges of fourth-degree welfare fraud, a class E felony, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, also a class E felony.

Stork allegedly failed to report to the Essex County Department of Social Services wages of an individual living in the household which resulted in $2,703 in benefits to which she was not entitled, the release said.

Also, Desiree A. Jordan, 34, of Ticonderoga was facing charges of third-degree welfare fraud, a class D Felony, and 7 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, class E felonies.

Jordan allegedly failed to report to the Essex County Department of Social Services wages of an individual living in the household which resulted in $27,133 in benefits to which she was not entitled, the release said.

Both Stork and Jordan appeared before Justice William Garrison in Elizabethtown Justice Court on Thursday.

 

Personal Injury Accidents

PLATTSBURGH — State Police and emergency response teams were busy with a four-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Military Turnpike near Duley Road in Altona.

The accident occurred around 7:35 a.m.

Details were not available, but there were serious injuries, officials said.

More details were not available at press time. 

 

NORTH ELBA — A Canadian man injured in a motorcycle accident last Sunday.

According to State Police, on Aug. 11 at 4:42 p.m. police responded to a single motorcycle accident on Old Military Road in the town of North Elba.

An investigation at the scene revealed that a 1985 Honda 1200 Gold Wing operated by Adam C. Bergen, 42, of Winnipeg, Canada was traveling west on Old Military Road when he lost control of the motorcycle and veered off of the roadway.

Bergen was evaluated on scene by Lake Placid EMS and transported by Life Flight to University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

Bergen was listed in stable condition with possible internal injuries.

 

Illegal Apprehended

ALBANY — A Mexican man who was apprehended in Peru, south of Plattsburgh for crossing the border from Canada into the United State illegally, pled guilty in court.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Robert Garcia, chief patrol agent for U. S. Border Patrol, Swanton Sector, Lazaro Juarez-Martinez, 30, and a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to illegal re-entry into the United States, and was immediately sentenced to time served (110 days in jail).

As part of his plea of guilty, Juarez-Martinez admitted that on April 26, he entered the United States from Canada by walking across the international boundary near Fort Covington, avoiding United States immigration and customs inspection.

Juarez-Martinez encountered and was subsequently apprehended by United States Border Patrol Agents near Peru.

Prior to this case, in 2016, Juarez-Martinez entered the United States near Naco, Arizona, and was apprehended and ordered removed by an immigration judge in Hebronville, Texas, that same year.

This case was investigated by United States Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Anderson.

 

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