Man charged for false claim

Man charged for false claim

A Whitehall man was arrested on Jan. 13 after police said he provided false information on an application for HEAP benefits.

A press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s office said Francis E. Donovan Jr., 59, purportedly failed to report his employment and income accurately, resulting in him receiving $726 in benefits that he should not have.

Francis E. Donovan Jr.

The findings came after a joint investigation by the Sheriff’s office and Washington County’s Department of Social Services.

The incident for which Donovan was arrested occurred on Feb. 12, 2019, according to the press release.

He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Donovan was processed and released on an appearance ticket. He will appear in the Town of Ford Edward Court at a later date.