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Troopers Arrest 62, Seek 26 for Public Assistance Fraud

Rhode Island State Police Public Safety Complex, Scituate RI.
Rhode Island State Police Public Safety Complex, Scituate RI.

NORTH SCITUATE — Colonel James M. Manni,Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Policeannounced 62 people wantedon outstanding court warrants for felony charges have been arrested and charged

with fraudulently obtaining public assistance.

State Police are currently searching for 26other individuals wanted on similar charges.

The 88 suspects allegedly collectedapproximately $469,000 in public assistance over the past several years afterfailing to disclose that they had outstanding felony warrants against them atthe time they applied for public assistance, which would have precluded themfrom obtaining benefits. The outstanding felony warrants included a variety ofcriminal charges for violent and non-violent crimes, ranging from attemptedmurder and first-degree robbery to felony shoplifting and narcotics violations.

“Public assistance, the SNAP program and otherstate benefits are there for those who need and deserve them. We cannot andwill not tolerate abuse of this system,” Manni said.

The investigationwas based on an analysis of data by analysts at the Department ofAdministration, who determined that these 88 individuals allegedly applied forand received public assistance while they were sought on active felony warrantsissued by the Rhode Island Superior and District Courts and/or by courts inother states.

According toDOA records, these individuals never reported the outstanding warrants at thetime they filed applications for benefits, under penalties of perjury. Federalregulations require all outstanding warrants to be reported on applications forpublic assistance.

According toDOA records, these individuals never reported the outstanding warrants at thetime they filed applications for benefits, under penalties of perjury.

Previously arrested as aFugitive from Justice – Milford MA District Court – Intimidation of aWitness/Juror/Police/Court Official.

  • Robert Ferrante, age 50, of 120Gesler St., Apartment 1A, Providence
    • Fraudulently Obtaining Assistance– Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official

Previouslyarrested on a Superior Court Bench Warrant for Breaking and Entering ofDwelling

  • Eugene Smith, age 47, of 239Public St., Providence
    • Fraudulently Obtaining PublicAssistance – Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Fugitive from Justice – State ofNew Jersey Parole – Violation of Parole on the original charge ofUnlawful Possession of a Firearm
    • Superior Court Bench Warrant forPossession of a Stolen Vehicle
  • Nicole M. Barlow, age 30, of 15Sisson St., First Floor, Warren
    • Fraudulently Obtaining Assistance– Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official

Previously arrested on aSuperior Court Bench Warrant for Embezzlement – Over $100

  • Gilbert L. Spearman, age 29, of 12Florence St., Third Floor, Providence
  • Christopher J. Martinez, age 28,of 130 Bellevue Ave., Second Floor, Pawtucket
    • Fraudulently Obtaining Assistance– Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Previouslyarrested on a Superior Court Bench Warrant for Larceny – Over $1500
  • Mark A. Smith, age 45, of 139Lenox Ave., Providence
    • Fraudulently Obtaining PublicAssistance – Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Superior Court Bench Warrant forPossession with Intent to Deliver a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance
  • Phyllis L. Coates, age 22, of 53Sterling Ave., Apartment 3, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Cruelty to or Neglect of a Child
  • Reina Francia, age 57, of 9 ParkisAve., Apartment 6K, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Felony Shoplifting
  • James Vadala, age 51, of 500Branch Ave., Providence
    • Fraudulently Obtaining Assistance– Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Superior Court Bench Warrant forPossession of a Schedule I-IV Controlled Substance
  • Maria N. Cruz, age 59, of 35 FiskSt., Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Obtaining MoneyUnder False Pretenses – Over $1500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Receiving Stolen Goods – Felony
  • Hector Gonzalez, age 68, of 238Magnolia St., Apartment 3, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Possession of a Schedule I-IV Controlled Substance
  • Anne E. Demers, age 62, of 5Linwood Ave., Apartment 4, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Obtaining MoneyUnder False Pretenses – Over $1500
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Felony Shoplifting
    • Sixth DivisionDistrict Court Bench Warrant for Misdemeanor Shoplifting
  • Rany Dy, age 47, of 13 WaverlySt., Second Floor, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Aiding and Abetting – First Degree Robbery
  • Carol J. Bourque, age 53, of 194Bellevue Ave., Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Obtaining MoneyUnder False Pretenses – Over $1500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver a Schedule I/IIControlled Substance
  • Travissa R. Tallo, age 27, of 7Audrey St., Apartment 2, Providence
    • Fraudulently Obtaining PublicAssistance – Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Superior Court Bench Warrant forObtaining Money Under False Pretenses – Over $1,500
  • Misti N. Bowen, age 35, of 979Branch Ave., Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Felony Shoplifting
  • Richard L. Brewington, age 69, of7 Young Ave., Second Floor, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Obtaining MoneyUnder False Pretenses – Over $1500
    • Perjury
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses – Over $1500
    • Sixth DivisionDistrict Court Bench Warrant for Driving After Suspension of License
  • Robert M. Elgar, age 39, 406Academy Ave., Third Floor, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Possession of a Schedule I-IV Controlled Substance
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Possession of a Schedule I-IV Controlled Substance
    • Sixth DivisionDistrict Court Bench Warrant for Driving After Suspension of License
  • Janice A. Benevides, age 54, of 30Oaklawn Ave., Apartment B-208, Cranston
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Felony Shoplifting
  • Rosemarie Torres, age 50, of 976Chalkstone Ave., Apartment 3, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Embezzlement – Over $100
    • Sixth DivisionDistrict Court Bench Warrant for Driving After Suspension of License
  • Patty M. Reed, age 56, of 1688Westminster St., Apartment 18, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Obtaining MoneyUnder False Pretenses – Over $1500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Possession with Intent to Deliver a Schedule I/IIControlled Substance
  • Philip A. Ware, age 33, of 29Cottage St., Second Floor, Woonsocket
  • Donald M. Beals, age 42, of 113Transit St., Apartment 3, Woonsocket
  • Gloria E. Kane, age 42, of 333Orms St., Third Floor, Providence
    • Fraudulently Obtaining PublicAssistance – Over $500
    • Obtaining Money Under FalsePretenses – Over $1500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Wanted as aFugitive from Justice – Wareham Massachusetts District Court – Larceny ofa Motor Vehicle
    • Sixth Division District CourtBench Warrant for Domestic – Simple Assault and/or Battery
  • Vincent E. Robinson, age 47, of170 Waterman Ave., Apartment 25, North Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Obtaining MoneyUnder False Pretenses – Over $1500
    • Wantedby Monmouth County New Jersey for Violation of Probation – Possession ofa Controlled Substance.
  • Artayhia S. Towns, 36, of 416Admiral St., Apartment 1R, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Felony Shoplifting
    • Third DivisionDistrict Court Bench Warrant for Misdemeanor Shoplifting
    • Sixth DivisionDistrict Court Bench Warrant for Disorderly Conduct
  • Robert M. Gross, 47, of 391 HighSt., Cumberland
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling
    • Sixth DivisionDistrict Court Bench Warrant for Shoplifting
    • Sixth DivisionDistrict Court Bench Warrant for Resisting Arrest
  • Efrain Gonsalez, age 79, of 45Pleasant St., Providence
  • Kelly A. Medico, age 33, of 183Barton St., Pawtucket
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Possession of aSchedule I-IV Controlled Substance (Suboxone)
    • Previouslyarrested as a Fugitive from Justice – Wrentham MA District Court –Larceny from a Building
  • Albert J. Sanders, age 52, of 50Norfolk St., Cranston
    • Fraudulently Obtaining PublicAssistance – Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Superior Court Bench Warrant forPossession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle
    • Sixth Division District CourtBench Warrant for Driving without a License
    • Third Division District CourtBench Warrant for Driving without a License
  • Carmen N. Desjardin, age 43, of 23Summer St., Apartment C2, Lincoln
  • Maia J. Smith, age 25, of 837Social St., Apartment 4, Woonsocket
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Forgery and Counterfeiting in General
  • Mario J. Nunez, age 53, of 6Walker St., First Floor, Lincoln
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Domestic – Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling
  • Amanda M. Irons, age 29, of 202Japonica St., First Floor, Pawtucket
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Larceny – Over $1500
  • Christopher J. Coutcher, age 46,of 10 Railroad St., Unit 44C, North Smithfield
    • Fraudulently Obtaining PublicAssistance – Over $500
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Superior Court Bench Warrant forConspiracy
  • Luz M. Rodriguez, age 28, of 38Blackstone St., Second Floor, Woonsocket
  • Fraudulently Obtaining PublicAssistance – Over $500
  • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
  • Superior Court Bench Warrant forFraudulent Use of Credit Cards – Felony
  • Diane J. Stad, age 59, of 277Woodland Rd., Woonsocket
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance- Over $500
    • Obtaining MoneyUnder False Pretenses- Over $1,500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Embezzlement – Over $100
  • Rosemary Page, age 60, of 130Dodge St., Unit 103, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Obtaining MoneyUnder False Pretenses – Over $1500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Possession of a Schedule I-IV Controlled Substance
  • Jason F. Carter, age 39, of 1161West Shore Road, Apartment 7, Warwick
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Receiving Stolen Goods – Over $1500
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Larceny – Over $1500
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Receiving Stolen Goods – Over $1500
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Larceny – Over $1500
  • Melissa M. Oliveira, 46, of 48Fisher Ave., Warwick
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Driving Without Consent of Owner
    • Sixth DivisionDistrict Court Bench Warrant for Simple Assault and/or Battery
  • Joseph Summerville, age 24, of 143Wadsworth St., First Floor, Providence
    • Fraudulently ObtainingPublic Assistance – Over $500
    • Filing a FalseDocument with a Public Official
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Forgery and Counterfeiting in General
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Forgery and Counterfeiting in General
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Forgery and Counterfeiting in General
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Possession of a Counterfeit Note
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Forgery and Counterfeiting in General
  • Rebecca L. Williams, age 44, of 47Burnside St., Second Floor, Providence
    • Fraudulently Obtaining PublicAssistance – Over $500
    • Access to Computer to CommitFraud
    • Filing a False Document with aPublic Official
    • Superior Court Bench Warrant forEmbezzlement – Over $100
    • Sixth Division District CourtBench Warrant for Driving After Suspension of License
  • Mayra Gonzalez, age 62, of 537Douglas Ave., First Floor, Providence
    • FraudulentlyObtaining Public Assistance – Over $500
    • Obtaining MoneyUnder False Pretenses – Over $1500
    • Superior CourtBench Warrant for Burglary
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WARWICK, RI —Pilgrim High students unitedagainst tobacco use March 20 along with young people nationwide to mark Kick ButtsDay, an annual day of activism sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

More than 1,000 events were planned across theUnited States. At Pilgrim High School, students made posters about deceptivemarketing practices used by tobacco companies and made anti-smoking pledges.

This year, kids are focused on kickingJuul, the e-cigarette that has become enormously popular among youth across thecountry.

While cigarette smoking among highschool students nationwide has fallen to 8.1 percent, e-cigarette use amonghigh-school students rose by an alarming 78 percent in 2018 alone – to 20.8percent of the student population. In 2018, more than 3.6 million middle andhigh school students used e-cigarettes. U.S. public health leaders have calledyouth e-cigarette use an “epidemic” that is addicting a new generation of kids.

In Rhode Island, 20.1 percent of high

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school students use e-cigarettes, while 6.1 percent smoke cigarettes. Tobaccouse claims 1,800 lives in Rhode Island and costs the state $640 million inhealth care bills each year.

“This year on Kick Butts Day, we’rechallenging policy makers at every level to do their part to reverse the youthe-cigarette epidemic and continue driving down youth tobacco use,” said MatthewL. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “We cannot allowe-cigarettes, especially Juul, to addict another generation and reverse theenormous progress we’ve made in reducing youth tobacco use.”

Key facts about e-cigarettes include:

  • Themain cause of the youth e-cigarette trend is Juul, which looks like a computerflash drive, is small and easy to hide, delivers a powerful dose of nicotine,and comes in kid-friendly flavors like mango, fruit and mint. According to themanufacturer, each Juul “pod” (cartridge) delivers as much nicotine as a packof 20 cigarettes.
  • E-cigarettespose serious health risks for kids.The U.S. Surgeon Generalhas found thatyouth use of nicotine in any form – including e-cigarettes – is unsafe, causesaddiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain, affecting learning,memory and attention. Studies also show that young people who use e-cigarettesare more likely to become cigarette smokers.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.