The Sullivan County Fraud Activity Power makes a number of arrests

MONTICELLO — The Sullivan County Fraud Task Force announced a series of arrests in the second and third quarters of this year.

John Isaacs, 50, of Liberty, was charged with insurance fraud, healthcare fraud and falsifying business records. It is alleged that he “hooked in” on his cell phone as his mother’s caretaker while he went about his day job. He would then submit timesheets with fake hours to Medicaid.

Ramon Martinez and Chaneen Franklin, both 38 and both from Monticello, have been charged with welfare fraud and offering a false document for filing. It is alleged they did not report that they lived together and that Franklin was employed full-time and was receiving unemployment benefits.

Both also filed a SNAP Application, SNAP Periodic Report, and SNAP Recertification, all of which contained false information that enabled them to collect $5,797 in fraudulent SNAP benefits.

Keyona Gibson, 27, of Hurleyville, was arrested on a bank warrant for failing to appear in Town of Liberty Court for an October 2020 welfare fraud arrest.

Alana Oates, 33, and Deivi Diaz, 38, both from Monticello, have been charged with welfare fraud and offering a false document for filing. They are alleged to have stolen $2,680 in temporary benefits because they failed to report to the Department of Social Services the actual amount of unemployment benefits they received. They also filed a state recertification for certain benefits that contained false information. Diaz was arrested on a warrant and was held without bail in the Sullivan County Jail due to his criminal record.

Andrew Dean, 35, of Wallkill, was arrested on a Sullivan County Family Court warrant for failing to pay child support. He was taken into custody in Orange County after a lengthy joint investigation by the Sullivan County Welfare Fraud Task Force, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sullivan County Child Support Enforcement Unit. He was sent to the Sullivan County Jail.

Kathleen Gizinsksi, 44, of Monticello, was charged with welfare fraud and offering a false document for filing. It is alleged that she stole $2,716 in SNAP benefits by not reporting that she was receiving unemployment benefits and having a second job. She also submitted a labor form that she forged.

Amberrose Kelly, 28, of Monticello, was charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing $1,308 in SNAP benefits from the Sullivan County Department of Human Services by failing to disclose that she was receiving unemployment benefits while she was on SNAP benefits received.

Tanya Gattling, 50, of Monticello, and her daughter Joshalin Gattling-Jackson, 23, of Clinton, New Jersey, were both arrested and charged with healthcare fraud. It is alleged that they billed a Medicaid-funded home health service $440 for hours they claimed Gattling-Jackson worked as a caregiver for their disabled mother. Gattling-Jackson worked at another job in New Jersey during the hours listed.

Christopher Finch, 27, and Tiffany Turk, 25, were both arrested and charged with two counts of benefit fraud and two counts of offering a false document for filing.

In two separate cases, it is alleged that both failed to provide truthful and accurate information about their household income when applying for welfare, resulting in the couple receiving $10,582 in welfare benefits to which they were not entitled.

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