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Claremont woman sentenced for food stamp fraud

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent

February 22. 2018 9:03PM




NEWPORT — A Claremont woman has pleaded guilty to taking more than $8,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Sheena Jones, 34, of Claremont was given a suspended 12-month sentence in the Sullivan County House of Corrections for one felony count of welfare fraud.

Jones, who was sentenced in Sullivan County Superior Court on Feb. 8, was also placed on probation for two years and is required to perform 50 hours of community service within six months.

Jones was further ordered to make restitution of $8,579 to the New Hampshire Department of Health/Human Services through the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.

Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Jones was investigated by the Health and Human Services Special Investigative Unit, which alleged Jones misrepresented her household composition and income, resulting in her receiving $8,579 in benefits she was not entitled to.

“The representation was she reported her household income only and by only reporting herself and her two children in the home. She neglected to report income from the father of her son,” Hathaway said Thursday. The father of her son was living in the home and had an income, according to Hathaway.

The fraud took place between August 2015 and December 2016, Hathaway said.

Jones also was part of a recent drug investigation, Hathaway said.

“She just finished serving a sentence at the House of Corrections,” he said, noting Jones was sentenced in May to 12 months in the Sullivan County House of Corrections for two counts of conspiracy to sell crack cocaine and two counts of sale of crack cocaine. She was placed on probation for three years and was given a prison sentence, suspended for five years pending good behavior.

The drug trafficking investigation was conducted by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and Claremont police.

Also convicted as part of that drug investigation was Oriol Dor, 35, of Claremont and Michael Ferullo, 36, of Claremont.

“Mr. Dor was one of the principals involved in distributing significant amounts of the controlled drug crack cocaine within the City of Claremont and surrounding communities,” Hathaway said in a news release Wednesday.

He was sentenced Feb. 5 to 12 months for one count of conspiracy to sell crack cocaine. He was also given three years of probation. He was also given a two to four year sentence in the state prison for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, suspended for five years pending good behavior.

Ferullo was sentenced in March to a 12-month sentence in the house of corrections for two counts of sale of Suboxone-subsequent, two counts of conspiracy to sell crack cocaine-subsequent, and one count of sale of crack cocaine-subsequent.

He was given a two-to-four-year sentence in state prison, suspended for five years pending good behavior.

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