Liberty, NY – The Sullivan County Welfare Fraud Task Force has made the following arrests:
- September 16, 2023 – Stephanie Scanna, 39, of Neversink was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny and Misuse of Food Stamps, both Class A misdemeanors. It is alleged Scanna stole $380.13 in SNAP benefits from the Sullivan County Department of Social Services by using a benefit card that belonged to a deceased individual. Scanna was processed and released on an appearance ticket to return to the Town of Liberty Court at a later date.
- September 29, 2023 – Christopher N. Vanlowe, 43, of Liberty was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a Class E felony, and Criminal Impersonation in the 2nd Degree, a Class A misdemeanor. It is alleged that Vanlowe assumed the identity of another Sullivan County resident to obtain a NY State Driver’s License in that person’s name in order to seek employment as a truck driver for a local company. It is also alleged that during this same time period Vanlowe was on public assistance, being housed in a hotel by the Sullivan County Department of Social Services at a cost of $2,508. Vanlowe was processed and arraigned in the Town of Liberty Court and was remanded to the Sullivan County Jail pending a future court date.
- October 20, 2023 – Andres Castro, 52, of Monticello was arrested and charged with offering a False Instrument in the 1st Degree, a Class E felony, and Welfare Fraud in the 3rd Degree, a Class D felony. It is alleged that Castro stole $3,389 in SNAP benefits from the Sullivan County Department of Social Services by failing to disclose a second source of income in the household from a relative’s employment. Castro was processed and released on an appearance ticket to return to the Town of Liberty Court at a later date.