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3 women convicted in welfare fraud cases

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    Three recent convictions in connection with welfare fraud charges have been registered in Bedford Circuit Court. Those cases include:

Sabrina Farmer
    Sabrina Farmer, 36, of Bedford pleaded guilty and was convicted of the amended misdemeanor charge of making a false report to law enforcement in Bedford Circuit Court. She was originally charged with two felonies, one for welfare fraud and one for making a false application for assistance.
    Farmer was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended in its entirety upon the following conditions. She was placed on unsupervised probation for 12 months, during which time she is to be on good behavior in all respects. She was also ordered to be barred from receiving services for 12 months from Social Services.
    Farmer previously admitted that while she was receiving SNAP (Food Stamps) and Energy Assistance (fuel and cooling), she failed to report accurate income that would have affected the family’s eligibility for benefits. She had an overpayment of $3,645.93, which has been repaid in full.

Monek Gafford
    Monek Gafford, 50, of Bedford pleaded guilty and was convicted of the amended misdemeanor charge of making a false report to law enforcement in Bedford Circuit Court. She was originally charged with two felonies, one for welfare fraud and one for making a false application for assistance.
    Gafford was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended in its entirety upon the following conditions. She was placed on unsupervised probation for 12 months, during which time she is to be on good behavior in all respects. She was also ordered to be barred from receiving services for 12 months.
    Gafford had admitted previously that while she was receiving SNAP (Food Stamps) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), she did not report her spouse was living in the home and employed. She has an overpayment of $4,154.07, which has a remaining balance of $996.02. She was ordered to pay restitution by monthly payments of no less than $50 a month.

Tara Songer
    Tara Songer, 28, of Montvale pleaded guilty to one count of felony welfare fraud. She was also found guilty of the misdemeanor charge of contempt of court due to her failure to appear at one of her court dates.
    Songer was sentenced to 24 months of incarceration, with 24 months suspended on the conditions that she is on supervised probation for three years, good behavior for five years, and pay restitution of no less than $50 a month.  She was also disqualified from all benefits from Social Services except Medicaid for 12 months.
    Songer failed to report all of her household’s income. With her employment she was also receiving monthly bonuses and commissions which she failed to report. She has an overpayment of $12,614.