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Kingsford, Niagara women face charges in circuit court

June 10, 2010
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - A 26-year-old Kingsford woman faces a fraud charge after allegedly failing to report all of her household income while receiving public assistance and benefits.

Stephanie Lynn Lequia is charged in Dickinson County Circuit Court with fraud-welfare (failure to inform) $500 or more or, in the alternative, fraud welfare over $500.

According to court records, between March 1, 2006, to Dec. 21, 2007, the defendant applied for and received public assistance and benefits. The defendant allegedly failed to report earned income from her employment at Dollar Tree and her husband's earned income from Drees Transportation. She also failed to report her husband's military income, which was found deposited into an unreported shared bank account.

Court records note she acknowledged her obligation and duty to report all household income, and any changes thereto, by her assistance applications dated Feb. 15, 2006; Oct. 24, 2006; and Nov. 26, 2007. The total amount of public assistance and benefits received by defendant for which she was not entitled totaled $5,281, according to the complaint.

She will be arraigned before Circuit Court Judge Mary B. Barglind on June 21 at 1 p.m.

In an unrelated incident, Angela Marie Wellnitz, 43, of Niagara, Wis., faces one count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee $1,000 or more and six counts of forgery.

According to court records, the charges stem from incidents that occurred between Oct. 14, 2008, to July 10, 2009.

When the owner of MPH Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning discovered that a check was written on his business account to J.C. Penney, he enlisted the services of an accounting firm to conduct an audit.

Court records note it was discovered that Wellnitz made payments on her J.C. Penney credit card account from MPH, Inc.'s business account. She also allegedly forged the complainant's signature on the checks.

The total amount paid to J.C. Penney was $3,457.90.

Wellnitz will be arraigned before Circuit Court Judge Richard Celello on July 12 at 9 a.m.



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