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Third home health aide pleads guilty in welfare fraud case

A Buffalo woman has become the third home health care aide to plead guilty to welfare fraud for fraudulently obtaining benefits while working for an elderly woman in West Seneca, authorities announced Tuesday.

Michelle Dudek, 30, of Abbott Road, collected nearly $16,000 in food stamps and more than $5,700 in Medicaid benefits while working for the woman between 2011 and May 2016, according to State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr.

Two other women – Suzanne Smith, 50, of Buffalo and Kelly Foss, 44, of Alden – pleaded guilty to the same charge last month, officials said. In total, the trio earned more than $500,000 in income while receiving the benefits but did not report the income to the Erie County Department of Social Services, authorities said.

All three are scheduled to be sentenced early next year.

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