Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

May 6, 2013

Three charged with welfare fraud

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Three people, including a Lockport man, are facing welfare fraud charges.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office Welfare Fraud Unit and the Niagara County Department of Social Services announced Monday Barnadet Zabaneh, 61, of Niagara Falls has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud and six counts of first-degree offering to file a false instrument. Her husband, Suheil Zabaneh is also facing the same charges but he is currently in the country of Jordan.

Also charged was James Stewart, 73, of Lockport with the misuse of food stamps, third-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

An investigation revealed that James Stewart was using the benefits of a deceased individual.