Two accused of fraud

Published Sep 22, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF LENOX — Two Madison County women are accused of receiving several thousands of dollars in unlawful public assistance in separate cases, according to law enforcement officials.

Sheriff’s deputies said Rebecca L. Marris, 36, of 3691 Tuscarora Road, Erieville, failed to correctly report her income on five separate occasions between March 2016 and March 2018 to the county Department of Social Services. Deputies said Marris received $5,338 in public assistance to which she was not
entitled.

Marris is charged with one count each of third-degree welfare fraud and third-degree grand larceny, two counts of third-degree perjury and five counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, authorities said. She is scheduled to appear in Town Court on Sept. 25.

Sheriff’s deputies said Asia Ossevoort, 34, of 2626 Route 11, Lafayette, applied for public assistance despite being gainfully employed. Deputies said Ossevoort unlawfully received $2,520 in public assistance.

Ossevoort is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud, authorities said.

She is scheduled to appear in Town Court on Oct. 23.