Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Olean man avoids trial, pleads guilty to multiple felonies - largest welfare fraud case recorded in county
SHAWN CHASTAIN, 39, of Olean, New York, prior to jury selection on Tuesday, entered a plea of guilty to an indictment that charges him with Welfare Fraud in the Second Degree, a class C felony; Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony; and four counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, class E felonies. The incidents occurred between April 2010 and September 2014, when he committed fraudulent welfare acts and received $67,282.69 in day-care assistance, Medicaid, heating assistance and food stamp benefits. Sentencing is scheduled for July 11, 2016. According to officials, it's the largest welfare fraud case ever recorded in Cattaraugus County.
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