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Three arrested by Sullivan Welfare Fraud Task Force

MONTICELLO: Three males have been taken into custody by the Sullivan County Welfare Fraud Task Force on allegations of stealing welfare funds.

Kirk G. Meredith
Muhammad Khan

Following his arrest, Kirk G. Meredith, 46, of Liberty, was accused of offering a fake instrument for filing. Investigators claim that because Meredith neglected to disclose his self-employment income, he was eligible for $625 in SNAP assistance but did not report the revenue. After being charged, Meredith was freed on his own recognizance with the agreement to appear in Town of Liberty Court later.

Following his arrest, Campbell Hall resident Muhammad W. Khan, 29, was accused of grand theft and healthcare fraud. According to the police, Khan, the proprietor and operator of MAK Limo Inc., submitted Medicaid bills for Medical Transportation for ten trips from Monticello to a Peekskill treatment center between September 16, 2022, and February 15, 2023. The flights were never made, and the client for whom Khan was charging was detained in the Sullivan County Jail during this same period.

Rick O. Villegas

Due to Khan’s bogus billing, his company was paid $2,121.45. After being processed, Khan was given an appearance ticket and allowed to leave the Town of Liberty Court to come back at a later time.

Grand larceny is the charge against Monticello resident Rick O. Villegas, 39, after his arrest. According to the police, Villegas misappropriated $1,250 in SNAP benefits from the Sullivan County Department of Social Services by lying to them about his job during that time. Villegas underwent processing as well and was given a ticket of appearance to appear in Town of Liberty Court at a later time.

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