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Perpetrator of largest welfare fraud in Cattaraugus County history is sentenced

LITTLE VALLEY – In what was called the largest case of welfare fraud in Cattaraugus County history, an Olean man on Monday was sentenced to 90 days in jail by Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz.

Shawn Chastain, 40, also received five years of probation after being convicted of felony second-degree welfare fraud, second-degree grand larceny and four counts of first-degree offering of a false instrument for filing. Ploetz also ordered him to begin repaying a total of $67,282 in day care assistance, Medicaid, heating assistance and food stamps benefits he received illegally between April 2010 and Sept. 2014.

Other cases before Ploetz follow:

• Mark R. Reiller, 22, Salamanca – sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison for his conviction on two counts of third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for burglaries in the City of Salamanca July 28, 2015, and Dec. 8.

• Joshua Baskins, 19, Wellsville – pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, and second-degree burglary for breaking into a City of Olean home in mid-January and attacking a person younger than 15. He faces sentencing Oct. 3.

• Justin T. Shaw, 24, Olean – pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual conduct with a child for periodic sexual encounters with a person younger than 15 in Portville between July 1, 2007, and July 22, 2015.

• Joseph A. Rajski, 51, Portville – pleaded guilty to a felony count of second-degree attempted assault for injuring someone in Portville on Dec. 29. He faces sentencing Oct. 3.

• Jerome Foskey, 21, Olean – pleaded guilty to felony third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance for a drug sale in the City of Olean on Nov. 18. He faces sentencing Oct. 3.

• James Gould, 41, Great Valley – pleaded guilty to a felony charge of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance for a drug deal in the City of Olean on April 7, 2015. He faces sentencing Oct. 3.

• Deborah K. Mongillo, 54, Salamanca – placed on probation for five years, ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and driver’s license revoked for one year as the result of a traffic stop in the City of Salamanca on Jan. 27, 2014. Mongillo posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 percent – three times the state’s legal limit, according to District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman.

• Gunnar Dole, 24, Gowanda – placed on probation for three years on his conviction of misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for a drug deal in Gowanda on Sept. 25.

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