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Investigation leads to welfare fraud charges against two Massena men

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WELFARE FRAUD - MASSENA - The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Massena Village Police Department, charged two Massena men with felony charges Sunday stemming from welfare fraud investigations conducted by the county’s Department of Social Services Investigation Unit.

Deputies charged Terry L. McGregor, 40, of 56 Sycamore St., Massena, with a felony count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and third-degree welfare fraud.

McGregor allegedly submitted recertification documentation and periodic reports to the Department of Social Services that contained false information. Deputies alleged due to that false information McGregor received $3,303.90 in temporary assistance and Food Stamp benefits he was not entitled to between Dec. 18, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

Deputies also charged Dennis J. Kemison Jr., 35, of 227 Barnhart Road, Massena, with a felony count of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and third-degree welfare fraud.

Kemison allegedly submitted recertification applications for assistance with the Department of Social Services that contained false information. Deputies alleged due to that false information Kemison received $8,758.12 in temporary assistance benefits he was not entitled to between Sept. 1, 2010 and April 30, 2013.

Kemison and McGegor were each arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released on their own recognizance to appear June 25 in Massena Town Court. Both men were represented at their initial arraignment by St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender James Farrell.

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