Six people from the Hudson Valley were arrested following investigations by a welfare fraud task force.

On March 23, Channell Tissiera-Swartz, 35, of Liberty was arrested on two counts of filing a false instrument and welfare fraud, felonies. Tissiera-Swartz is accused of stealing $5,864 in public assistance by failing to accurately report household income.

On March 28, Donna F. Richardson, 54, of Bloomingburg was charged with welfare fraud and offering a false instrument for filing, felonies. Richardson stole $1,098 in public assistance benefits by failing to accurately report household income, police say.

On February 21, Melissa Wright, 49, of Kiamesha Lake was arrested for official misconduct. Wright, a 10-year employee of the Sullivan County Division of Health and Family Services, allegedly submitted false documents to the county in an attempt to conceal an inappropriate relationship that she was having with a client.

On February 14, Reginald Jackson, 49, of Fallsburg was charged with the felony of filing a false instrument and two misdemeanor counts of theft of service. It's alleged that Jackson, a parolee, stole money by using Medicaid-funded medical transportation to and from his parole meetings.

On February 28, Robert C. Blomkvist, 36, of Loch Sheldrake was charged with four counts of filing a false instrument, felonies and theft of service, a misdemeanor. Blomkvist, a parolee, stole $196.33 by using Medicaid-funded medical transportation to and from his parole meetings, police say.

On April 1, Jennifer L. Keysaw, 39, of Liberty was arrested and charged with four felony counts of filing a false instrument and four misdemeanor counts of theft of service. It is alleged that Keysaw, a parolee, stole $208.26 by using Medicaid-funded medical transportation to and from her parole meetings.

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