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Four Crawford County Residents Plead Guilty To Welfare Fraud

Submitted Fri, 05/02/2014 - 6:54am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE – Four Crawford County residents were given sentences last month for welfare fraud.  28-year-old Deanna Baechtel, of Conneaut Lake, illegally received over 28-thousand dollars worth of heating, medical and food assistance.  Baechtel pleaded guilty to the charges last month.  Judge John Spataro sentenced Baechtel to 10 days incarceration, and one month home confinement.  In addition, Baechtel received five years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fees, and fines.  She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a full year.  


Charlene Nadolny, age 44, of Saegertown, pleaded guilty to felony welfare fraud as well last month, in an amount exceeding of 33-thousand dollars.  For that she was sentenced to 10 to 23 months  and 29 days in prison, five years probation, and ordered her to pay back full restitution, court costs, fees, and fines. 

Nadolny was also disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a year.  

Receiving lesser sentences were 53-year-old Saegertown resident Donnie Gerard, and 37-year-old Ragen Moody, of Meadville.  Gerard pleaded guilty to illegally receiving 57-hundred dollars in medical assistance benefits.  He’ll spend 90 days on house arrest, plus three years probation, fines and costs.

Moody pleaded guilty to receiving more than 7-thousand and 50 dollars in SNAP benefits. 

She was sentenced to 90 days home confinement, 36 months probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fees, and fines.

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