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Police: Fort Ann woman committed public assistance fraud

2013-10-17T12:32:00Z 2013-10-17T12:49:35Z Police: Fort Ann woman committed public assistance fraud Glens Falls Post-Star
October 17, 2013 12:32 pm

FORT EDWARD -- A Fort Ann woman who allegedly received food stamps from two states was arrested Thursday on a felony grand larceny charge, police said.

Viola Lazure, 65, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny because she was improperly receiving food stamp benefits in Washington County and was also receiving them from the state of Florida

Lazure had spent winters in Florida and was using a food stamp debit card from that state, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

That made her ineligible to receive benefits in New York, but she applied for and received $3,192 worth, police said.

Lazure was released pending prosecution in Fort Edward Town Court. The Sheriff's Office and county Department of Social Services investigated the case.

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  1. Sccintegra
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    Sccintegra - October 18, 2013 10:16 am
    Does anybody care to ask why, if she had enough money to move between the two states, she was receiving public assistance in the first place?
  2. Beaglemom
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    Beaglemom - October 17, 2013 10:43 pm
    Did she USE them in both states? That would be the crime, not that she was issued the benefits. Benefit eligibility is confusing and is up to the examiner to explain, not to a 65 year old applicant to determine.
  3. watchdog
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    watchdog - October 17, 2013 6:19 pm
    One Comment for the post star as well. you mean to tell me, you throw a giant picture of a 65 year old person, who chances are, has been an upstanding American all their life, and needs some help. and to humiliate her even more by this photo is cruel. When so many real criminals, when arrested go unnoticed with NO picture at all.
  4. watchdog
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    watchdog - October 17, 2013 6:12 pm
    you mean to tell me, > Washington County, can't catch something like this when someone applies for food stamps to begin with. I bet this women, did not know she had broken ANY laws. come on Social Service's, GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!!!, and leave the elderly alone.

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