Woman admits to welfare fraud, agrees to more than $17K in restitution
Submitted by Howard Owens on July 17, 2012 - 6:43am
The wife of of a man who previously admitted to welfare fraud totaling more than $17,000 entered a guilty plea Monday to one felony count of attempted grand larceny, 3rd.
Deborah Schramm, 31, faces a possible sentence of six months in jail and five years probation.
She will also be expected to help pay back $17,026.39 in social services benefits illegally obtained.
Michael Schramm, 36, entered a guilty plea July 13 to a single count of offering a false instrument for failing and agreed to pay back the $17,000 to the government.
Both were accused of seeking and accepting public assistance while Michael Schramm was working an undeclared farm job in Niagara County.
Deborah Schramm was originally charged in April with five counts of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of grand larceny, 3rd. The guilty plea Monday satisfies all charges.
Schramm is now disqualified from future food stamp and temporary assistance benefits.
Pending sentencing Oct. 10, Schramm is out of jail under the supervision of Genesee Justice.