February 26, 2020

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Nearly $6,500 In Welfare Benefits

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Nearly $6,500 In Welfare Benefits

New York State Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro today plea of a Buffalo man who stole $6,497 in food stamp benefits by failing to disclose his employment income when applying for welfare benefits.


Donald White, 58, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty in Buffalo City Court before Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee to Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a class A misdemeanor, after lying on his Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application by claiming he was unemployed when he was working at Kaleida Health. White would not have qualified for these benefits had he accurately reported his employment income.


As part of his plea, White agreed to make full restitution and was sentenced to a conditional discharge.


“This individual received public funds to which he was not entitled,” said Inspector General Tagliafierro. “The public welfare system exists to help those who truly need assistance, and we will continue to ensure that those receiving benefits are following the law.”


Inspector General Tagliafierro thanked the Erie County Department of Social Services for their partnership in the investigation, the New York State Police for their assistance with the arrest, and Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn and his office for prosecuting this case.

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