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Alden woman sentenced in welfare fraud

An Alden woman was sentenced Tuesday to weekends in jail for four months and five years’ probation for collecting more than $36,000 in welfare benefits for more than five years, at the same time she was receiving unemployment benefits although she had a job and was stealing from her employer.

Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka also ordered Crystal Adkinson to perform 75 hours of community service.

Adkinson, 43, of Bush Gardens, pleaded guilty April 24 to third-degree welfare fraud, admitting that she falsely claimed she had no income and that she collected $36,465 from the Erie County Department of Social Services from May 1, 2007 to Nov. 30, 2012, according to prosecutors.

In fact, prosecutors said, she had two sources of income: state jobless benefits and her job at Ryerson Steel, where she was stealing from her employer.

Adkinson had pleaded guilty in 2012 in Erie County Court to attempted offering a false instrument for filing for receiving jobless benefits while working at Ryerson and attempted fourth-degree grand larceny for stealing from Ryerson. She was sentenced to three years’ probation.

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