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Buffalo woman admits stealing $6,000 in jobless benefits

A Buffalo woman convicted of welfare fraud in 2007 pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree grand larceny for stealing more than $6,000 in unemployment benefits from another government agency.

Paulette Robinson, 35, of Briscoe Avenue, admitted receiving $6,069 in jobless insurance benefits from Nov. 21, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012, by falsely certifying that she was unemployed when she was working, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Besides her 2007 welfare fraud conviction, which led to a sentence of three years’ probation, Robinson was convicted of fourth-degree attempted witness tampering for telling two juvenile witnesses on July 29, 2012 to lie to Buffalo police about a shooting in which her son was a suspect. She received an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in that case.

In the grand larceny case, Robinson faces a maximum prison sentence of two and one-third to seven years when she is sentenced April 18 by Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico, according to Assistant District Attorney Gary M. Ertel.

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