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Six charged in DSS fraud cases

The Niagara County Department of Social recently uncovered social services fraud cases that resulted in six arrests.

The department's investigative unit said it helped the Sheriff's Office with welfare fraud situations that involved unreported income, missing household members, and a hidden marriage.

Social services officials detailed the following cases:

Rose Ziemba Atwater, 22, of Norman Avenue, Buffalo, failed to report that she was married to the man who she claimed was her landlord, officials said. She was charged in late June withthird-degree grand larceny, misuse of food stamps, and first-degree filing a false instrument. She is accused of receiving $4,076 in benefits to which she was not entitled, officials said.

Jamaal Hackett, age unlisted, of 22nd Street, Niagara Falls, was charged June 16 fourth-degree grand larceny, misuse of food stamps, and first-degree filing a false instrument. He collected $2,494 in benefits by claiming a daughter who did not actually live with him, officials said.

Irene McCormick, 47, of Sabre Park, Niagara Falls, had unreported income yet received $736 in benefits, officials said. She was charged June 14 with petit larceny, misuse of food stamps and first-degree filing a false instrument.

Doris Robinson, age unlisted, of Woodcliff Drive, Youngstown, was charged June 22 with fourth-degree grand larceny, misuse of food stamps, and first-degree filing a false instrument. She is accused of receiving $1,119 in benefits due to failure to report that the father of her child lived in her home and was employed, investigators said.

John Seeley, age unlisted, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, was charged on June 14 with fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree filing a false instrument. Investigators said he received $2,100 in off-the-books employment payments.

Arthur Spina IV, age unlisted, of Grand Avenue, Niagara Falls, was charged June 15 , and charged with third-degree grand larceny, misuse of food stamps and two counts of first-degree filing a false instrument. He received $8,049 in social services benefits when he failed to report income he received, investigators said.

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