Elk County

Elk County

JOHNSONBURG — Four Johnsonburg residents have been charged with welfare fraud by the PA Office of the Inspector General.

Charges were filed with District Judge James L. Martin, of Johnsonburg, on Dec. 27.

Those charges include:

  • Tina Lynn Nye (aka Tina L. Cauvel), 50, 182 Old Klondike Road, Johnsonburg, is charged with a felony and misdemeanor count of fraud to obtain Food Stamps or assistance. According to court records, she never reported her marriage to David L. Wolff in order to keep her benefits. In total she obtained $6,564 in Food Stamp benefits between June 2014 – July 2017, as well as as well as helping Wolff obtain $907 in Food Stamps and $743 in LIHEAP benefits he was not entitled to.
  • David Leroy Wolff, 50, 182 Old Klondike Road, Johnsonburg, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of welfare fraud after allegedly misrepresenting his relationship with Nye to obtain welfare benefits after having a heart attack at work.
  • Joseph M. Rubino, 49, 182 Old Klondike Road, Johnsonburg, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of welfare fraud after he admitted to investigators that he set up Wolff’s online account and completed untrue portions of the information which were submitted to acquire benefits.
  • Jillian Rae Polaski, 27, 204 Glenmayo Road, Apt. 3, Johnsonburg, is charged with a misdemeanor count of welfare fraud. According to court records, Polaski had not reported income from working at Metaldyne Sintered Metals in Ridgway to the assistance office. As a result, she obtained $2,265.09 in Medical Assistance benefits she wasn’t entitled to between August 2016-January 2017.

The preliminary hearings for the aforementioned defendants are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24 (Polaski) and 11 a.m. Jan. 24 (Rubino, Wolff, and Nye).

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