Blotter, Jan. 16, 2014

Welfare fraud alleged

Yolanda Gallegos, 31, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant listing charges including felony theft, attempt to influence a public servant, forgery and second-degree perjury, all of it relating to a welfare fraud case investigated by the Mesa County Department of Human Services, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The affidavit alleges Gallegos falsely represented on applications for food stamp assistance that she was supporting two minor children. The children were in fact being cared for by foster parents. The affidavit alleges the false claims were made from October 2011 through May 2013, when she received $5,975 in food stamps, the affidavit alleges. During her first court appearance on Wednesday,

Woman loses $860 in scam


A woman reported Tuesday to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office she lost $860 when she responded to an Internet advertisement for a house rental.

The woman said she was advised to send the deposit via a MoneyGram account to a woman who had a phone number with a Wisconsin area code. In exchange, the victim was told she’d get the house keys. The victim was provided contact information for police in Wisconsin.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Items worth less than $300 were stolen from two parked vehicles in the 500 block of West Hall Avenue on Friday.

■ Dennis McHugh, 56, was cited Monday on suspicion of being an intoxicated person in the roadway and disorderly conduct after a woman reported he made offensive remarks toward her and tried to “take her coffee out of her hands” while obstructing the roadway at Fourth and Main streets.

■ Kenneth Sample, 44, Casey Tefertiller, 28, and John Bonati, 42, were cited Monday on suspicion of trespassing at the U.S. Post Office, 241 N. Fourth St.

  ■ Brandon Kittle, 19, was cited on suspicion of underage consumption of alcohol when contacted in the area of 16th Street and Texas Avenue.

■ Micah Varneu, 25, was cited Saturday on suspicion of disorderly conduct in the 500 block of Main Street.

■ Someone tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the Bradley Sinclair, 2498 Patterson Road, on Jan. 1.


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