The Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office Welfare Fraud Unit recently arrested the following people for welfare fraud:
• Heather LaPlant, 34, of Herkimer, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies, according to the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office.
LaPlant allegedly received $26,209.68 worth of child-care benefits by submitting fraudulent day-care time sheets to the Department of Social Services over a two-year period.
She was arraigned in Herkimer Village Court and was sent to Herkimer County jail.
• Steven M. Appel, 51, of Fort Plain, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud, all felonies, officials said.
Appel reported to the Herkimer County Department of Social Services that he was living in Herkimer County when he actually was living in Montgomery County and received $2,000 in public assistance, officials said.
Appel was arraigned in Herkimer Village Court and was released after posting bail.
• Carla E. Collucci, 30, of Little Falls, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and the misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree welfare fraud and petit larceny, officials said.
Collucci failed to report self-employment income to the Department of Social Services and fraudulently received $874.00 in public assistance, officials said.
She is scheduled to appear in Herkimer Village Court at a later date.