Woman allegedly used names of deceased persons to commit welfare fraud

PERRY, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Wyoming County woman is accused of committing welfare fraud by using the names and signatures of two deceased persons.

Donna Wilson of Perry worked as a health care provider for the elderly in Wyoming and Livingston counties. Authorities say the 49-year-old woman used the names and signatures of two deceased residents of Livingston County to obtain welfare benefits.

State Police say this has been going on since 2009, and Wilson has obtained more than $30,000 in fraudulent benefits. She had applied for food stamps, Medicaid and child care assistance.

Wilson is facing charges of third degree welfare fraud, eight counts of second degree forgery and nine counts of first degree offering a false instrument for filing.

She is being held in the Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 bail.

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