Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — County residents charged with welfare fraud
Four people, including two Lockport residents, are facing welfare fraud charges, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Tyrone Doward, 23, of Lockport has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument. Lakeisha Gibson, 27, of Lockport also faces the same charges.
The pair failed to list income on a recertification and received $3,414.56 in public assistance benefits they were not entitled to, the Sheriff’s Office said. They are scheduled to appear in Lockport City Court to answer their charges.
Ashley L. Rich, 25, of Niagara Falls has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud and two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. An investigation into benefits that she received showed that Rich did not report income that she had earned. As a result, she received $4,654.13 in benefits that she was not eligible to receive, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She is scheduled to appear in Niagara Falls City Court to answer the charges.
Gerale Jones, 32, of Niagara Falls has been charged with petit larceny, fifth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument. The Sheriff’s Office said Jones failed to list wages and his household composition was not correct on his application. He received $989.00 in benefits he was not entitled to. He is scheduled to appear in Niagara Falls City Court to answer the charges.
Town of Lockport
• ACCIDENT: A town resident escaped injury when a falling guide wire crashed onto his vehicle while he was stopped at the traffic light at Upper Mountain Road and Sunset Drive on Monday. According to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, excavation was taking place on the east side of Delphi/General Motors about noon, when the excavator struck and knocked down the guide wire, which was attached to a NYSE&G utility pole in the 5800 block of Upper Mountain. The vehicle’s roof and driver-side door sustained substantial damage but the driver was not hurt, the sheriff’s office said.
• BURGLARY: An employee of Sweet Angels Daycare reported to the sheriff’s office that several items were removed from her office sometime between mid-Nov. 2 and early Monday, including a desktop computer monitor and $500 cash. The case was forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.
• LARCENY: Ashley Jo Bowers, 20, and Brandy Semon, 20, both of 3962 Lockport-Olcott Road, were charged with third-degree criminal tampering, fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny Saturday. The women are accused of vandalizing a town man’s vehicle, by throwing eggs and chocolate syrup on and inside the vehicle while it was parked in the lot at Family Dollar late Friday. They’re also accused of taking the man’s wallet from inside the vehicle and taking a set of winter vehicle tires and rims from outside the man’s home, according to the sheriff’s office. Bowers and Semon both were given tickets to appear Nov. 12 in Newfane Town Court. The tires and rims were returned to the victim by a relative of one of the women on Sunday, the sheriff’s office noted.
• HARASSMENT: Christopher J. Ford, 32, an inmate at Niagara County Jail, was charged with aggravated harassment of a jail employee Oct. 31. Ford reportedly threw a cup containing an unknown yellow liquid on a nurse who was giving inmates their medication in the jail infirmary. The liquid was believed to be urine and the nurse was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport, the sheriff’s office said. Ford was arraigned in Lockport Town Court and was ordered held on $1,000 bail.
• DWI: Scott P. Andrews, 48, of Lockport, was charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday. New York State Police said Andrews was arrested on Campbell Boulevard and released to a third party.