Yavapai County resident convicted of $115K in fraud
A Yavapai County resident has been convicted for fraudulent activity involving food stamps, the AHCCCS system and Social Security benefits. According to DES Office of the Inspector General Director Timothy Jeffries, Vernall Molton committed forgery and other falsifications to illegally obtain food stamps and other benefits from March 2009 through June 2013. In April 2014, Molton was indicted on 2 counts each of fraudulent schemes and theft, 5 counts of forgery and 1 count of unlawful use of food stamps. The benefits total more than $115,000. On June 1st, Molton pleaded guilty in Yavapai County Superior Court to fraudulent schemes and forgery. She has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and must pay restitution. She had been arrested on an outstanding warrant, hiding on Arizona Tribal Lands to avoid being taken into custody.
No vote on property transit tax in Prescott Valley
A transit system property tax won’t be going before Prescott Valley voters next may. Last night Prescott Valley Town Council members turned down a Call of Election for a property tax. Councilman Marty Grossman says he has concerns over the amount involved. Grossman explains this vote doesn’t mean the end of the transit issue. Council raised concerns over 500 signatures that were presented last week requesting an election. It wasn’t known how many of those signatures were from Prescott Valley residents or registered voters. Councilwoman Mary Mallory explains this process can start again. Mallory says she still wants to see this item go before voters. It had been proposed a new Transit Department within the Town would be funded with the property tax. Town Council has indicated a transit system would have to be based on a new funding source.