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Inspector General announces 16 recent welfare fraud convictions

Many of the convictions were for fraudulently receiving SNAP benefits.
HARRISBURG – Inspector General Michael A. Sprow announced today that sixteen Pennsylvania residents recently were sentenced for committing welfare fraud.

“The Office of Inspector General is committed to protecting the taxpayer dollars of hardworking Pennsylvania families.” Inspector General Sprow said. “We will hold those who violate the law accountable.’’

“The Office of Inspector General has agents assigned throughout the commonwealth working hard to ensure that benefits go to those who deserve them.” Sprow added.

The following individuals were prosecuted for fraudulently receiving public assistance benefits:
  • Monique S. Crew, 25, of Chester, Delaware County, received more than $1,700 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Crew pleaded guilty, was sentenced to one year probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, and fees. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Martina R. Daugherty, 22, of Chambersburg, Franklin County, received more than $2,300 in SNAP benefits. Daugherty pleaded guilty, was sentenced to three years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fees, and fines. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Tonya L. Estrada, 43, of Erie, Erie County, received more than $7,050 in SNAP benefits. Estrada pleaded guilty, was sentenced to four years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, and fees. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Alice F. Finif, 68, of Verona, Allegheny County, received more than $1,850 in SNAP benefits. Finif pleaded nolo contendere, was sentenced to one year probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Joseph E. Hendricks, 67, of Marcus Hooks, Delaware County, received more than $3,050 in SNAP benefits. Hendricks pleaded guilty, was sentenced to five years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, and fees. He was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Kelly J. Hock, 51, of Manheim, Lancaster County, received more than $1,000 in SNAP benefits. Hock pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fees, and fines. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Tracy B. Kascavage, 47, of Royersford, Montgomery County, received more than $3,450 in SNAP benefits. Kascavage pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, and fees. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Ashley L. Kershner, 26, of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, received more than $1,350 in SNAP benefits. Kershner pleaded guilty, was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, and fees. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Torreen R. Kinser, 40, of Willow Street, Lancaster County, received more than $2,150 in SNAP benefits. Kinser pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fees, and fines. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Samantha A. Lopez, 28, of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, received more than $16,700 in Subsidized Day Care (SDC) benefits. Lopez pleaded guilty, was sentenced to five years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, and fees. She was disqualified from receiving SDC benefits for a period of six months.
  • Courtney J. Petrore, 34, of Conemaugh, Cambria County, received more than $18,650 in medical assistance and SNAP benefits. Petrore pleaded guilty, was sentenced to seven years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fees, and fines. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Jawanna L. Phillips, 34, of Johnstown, Cambria County, received more than $1,950 in cash assistance benefits. Phillips pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 5 years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fees, and fines. She was disqualified from receiving cash assistance benefits for a period of six months.
  • Troy L. Raffensperger, 33, of Lititz, Lancaster County, received more than $5,350 in cash assistance and SNAP benefits. Raffensperger pleaded guilty, was sentenced to five years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, and fees. He was disqualified from receiving cash assistance benefits for a period of six months and SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Karim A. Rashid, 42, of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, received more than $1,600 in SNAP benefits. Rashid pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fees, and fines. He was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
  • Wendy L. Shaver, 31, of Lititz, Lancaster County, received more than $5,350 in cash assistance and SNAP benefits. Shaver pleaded guilty, was sentenced to four years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, and fees. She was disqualified from receiving cash assistance benefits for a period of six months and SNAP benefits for a period of 30 months.
  • Larry J. Shoemaker, 39, of Lancaster, Lancaster County, received more than $1,050 in SNAP benefits. Shoemaker pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay full restitution, costs, fees, and fines. He was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a period of 12 months.
The Office of Inspector General’s Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution is responsible for investigating welfare fraud and conducting collection activities for programs administered by, or contracted through, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW).

The Office of Inspector General works with DPW’s county assistance offices statewide to identify suspected cases of public assistance fraud and with local district attorneys to bring the cases to prosecution.

Those found guilty of welfare fraud could face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, fines up to $15,000, mandatory restitution, and program disqualification.

The Office of Inspector General also relies on tips from concerned citizens. To report suspected fraud, call the Welfare Fraud Tipline at 1-800-932-0582. Callers may remain anonymous.

From the Office of Inspector General
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