Five Fairbanks residents indicted for welfare fraud

Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Five Fairbanks residents have been indicted on fraud charges that prosecutors say involve tens of thousands of dollars of public assistance money stretching back to 1996.

The indictments were handed down Thursday against Yvette Latrang Ash, 26; Sherry Sherrell Cofey, 23; Craig R. Dowell, 50; Richard D. Egnaty, 29; and Sharae Hamilton, 34.

Ash was indicted on four counts of second-degree theft and five misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification.

Cofey was indicted on eight counts of second-degree theft, one misdemeanor count of third-degree theft and 13 misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification.

Dowell was indicted on seven counts of second-degree theft and six misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification.

Egnaty was indicted on four counts of second-degree theft, three misdemeanor counts of third-degree theft and eight misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification.

Hamilton was indicted on one count of second-degree theft and 35 misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification.

The five are set to appear in Superior Court for arraignment on April 12.



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