Four charged with fraud in obtaining public benefits
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – Four people were indicted in separate cases last month on allegations that they defrauded the government out of thousands of dollars in benefits.
Reva S. Hall, 45, of Hazard, is charged with incorrectly reporting her household income in order to receive public benefits from December 2010 to January 2012. According to the indictment, Hall was overpaid more than $21,000 in monetary assistance during that time period. Her bail was set at $25,000.
Connie S. McIntosh, 35, of Jackson, was also indicted on one count of fraudulently obtaining public benefits, and was overpaid more than $15,700 in public assistance from December 2010 through July 2012, also after allegedly incorrectly reporting her income. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Shawn P. Brewer, 36, of Big Creek, was overpaid more than $14,500 in public assistance from December 2010 to July 2012, according to the indictment, also after allegedly incorrectly reporting her income. Her bail was also set at $20,000.
A fourth person, 51-year-old Mary E. Baker of Bonnyman, was alleged to have incorrectly reported her “household circumstances,” according to the indictment, and was overpaid $3,573 between April 2010 through August 2012. Her bail was also set at $20,000.
Each of the cases was inspected by the Office of Inspector General, and scheduled for arraignment in Perry Circuit Court on May 30.
Sixteen other people were indicted in Perry County in April, including 46-year-old James Fultz of Hazard. He is facing charges of first-degree criminal mischief and DUI. He was alleged to have crashed his vehicle into the Lothair Methodist Church in Hazard on March 22 while under the influence. His bail was set at $20,000.
Victor L. Gibson, 43, of Bulan, was indicted on charges of second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools for allegedly burglarizing a residence on April 17. His bail was set at $30,000.
Kenneth Honeycutt, 54, of the Litt Carr community in Knott County, is facing charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, DUI, illegal possession of a legend drug, and prescription drugs not in the proper container.
Honeycutt was alleged to have unlawfully possessed 28 oxycodone tablets on Oct. 17, 2012. He was also accused of being in possession of three alprazolam tablets and 12 gabapentin tablets on the same date. Bail was set at $30,000.
Christopher Raymond White, 32, of Chavies, was indicted on one count of trafficking in marijuana less than eight ounces, second offense, a Class D felony. He was alleged to have possessed a quantity of marijuana on Oct. 4, 2012, with the intent to sell after being previously convicted of the same offense. His bail was set at $20,000.
Also indicted in April was 50-year-old Michael Ritchie of Hazard, who is facing charges of driving on a DUI suspended license, third offense, and obstruction vision and/or windshield. His charges stem from an incident on March 24. His bail was set at $20,000.
Charles Begley, 26, of Bulan, was indicted on one count each of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was accused of illegally possessing two oxycodone tablets on Jan. 25. Bail was set at $20,000.
Robert May, 34, of Brownsfork, is facing one count of first-degree fleeing or evading police for allegedly disregarding an officer’s order to stop on June 28, causing the officer to pull a muscle in his right leg, according to the indictment. His bail was set at $20,000.
Victor Booth, 45, of Hazard, was indicted on charges of theft by unlawful taking over $500 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was alleged to have stolen a compound bow worth $1,300 on Oct. 27, 2012. His bail was set at $30,000.
Larry Brewer, 25, is charged with theft over $500 and third-degree criminal trespassing for allegedly stealing a desktop computer from the Hazard Walmart on Jan. 3. His bail was set at $20,000.
Facing one count of theft over $500 is 29-year-old Josh Bowling of Bulan, who was charged with stealing three generators and two gasoline powered saws from the Hazard Walmart in August 2012. Bail was set at $20,000.
Melvin Shane Gross, 27, of Hazard, is charged with one count each of theft over $500 and third-degree criminal trespassing. According to the indictment, Gross illegally entered the Hazard Walmart between Dec. 29, 2012, and Jan. 9, 2013, where he was alleged to have stolen reels and fishing lures. Bail was set at $20,000.
Randall Wells, 44, of Hazard, was indicted on charges of trafficking in marijuana over eight ounces, and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. He was alleged to have possessed 71 methadone tablets and a quantity of marijuana with the intent to distribute on July 3, 2012. Bail was set at $30,000.
Jonathan David Stewart, 19, of Hazard, was charged with one count of second-degree assault for allegedly stabbing another man in the arm on March 24. Bail was set at $75,000.
Billy C. Bailey, 35, and 27-year-old Bridgett J. Edwards, both of Harlan, were each indicted on one count of first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into a residence in Perry County on Jan. 17. Their bails were set at $50,000 each.
Tiffany Wagers, 33, and Mark Smith, were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Wagers was alleged to have illegally possessed forged checks on three separate occasions on the same account in December, while Smith was charged with possessing a forged check on Dec. 19, 2012. Their bails were set at $20,000 each.
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