MULTIPLE PEOPLE CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO WELFARE FRAUD INVESTIGATION


MAYS LANDING – Three women and a man are facing charges of official misconduct, theft, possession of narcotics and weapons charges following an extensive investigation, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Deion Nance
Barbara Landron
Shalaya Landron
Christine Gonzalez

In December 2017, the ACPO Official Corruption Unit in conjunction with the Atlantic County Family and Community Development Fraud Investigative Unit began an investigation regarding two County Family & Community development workers who were fraudulently stealing EBT cards and using the benefits for their own personal use. Investigation revealed that Barbara Landron, 46, of Atlantic City and Christine Gonzalez, 47, of Ventnor City, would electronically cancel EBT legitimately issued to persons who qualified for assistance, and then reissue new cards and use them for their own personal use.

Landron and Gonzalez together stole approximately 30 EBT cards from legitimate receipts for approximately $10,000 in losses.

Shayala Landron, 18, of Atlantic City daughter of Barbara Landron, was charged for her role in accepting stolen EBT cards and using them for her own personal use.

Deion Nance, 22, of Atlantic City, boyfriend of Shayala Landron, was charged as a result of a stolen handgun and marijuana located in his residence upon the execution of search warrants related to this investigation.

Barbara Landron, Christine Gonzalez, Shayala Landron and Deion Nance are facing the following charges:

Barbara Landron’s charges:

  1. Official Misconduct, 2C:30-2A, second degree
  2. Pattern of Official Misconduct, 2c:30-7A, second degree
  3. Conspiracy to commit Official Misconduct, 2C:5-2, second degree
  4. Theft by Deception, 2C:20-4, third degree
  5. Computer Criminal Activity, 2C:20-25, second degree
  6. Possession of CDS, 2C:35-10A, third degree crime
  7. Possession of CDS, 2C:35-10A, third degree crime

Christine Gonzalez’ charges:

  1. Official Misconduct, 2C:30-2A, second degree
  2. Pattern of Official Misconduct, 2c:30-7A, second degree
  3. Conspiracy to commit Official Misconduct, 2C:5-2, second degree
  4. Theft by Deception, 2C:20-4, third degree
  5. Computer Criminal Activity, 2C:20-25, second degree
  6. Theft of Property Lost, Mislaid, or Delivered by Mistake, third degree crime
  7. Possession of CDS, 2C:35-10A, third degree crime

Shalaya Landron’s charges:

  1. Conspiracy to commit Official Misconduct, 2C:5-2. Second degree crime
  2. Theft by Deception, 2C:20-4, fourth degree crime

Deion Nance’s charges:

  1. Receiving stolen property (handgun), 2C:20-2B(2)(B), a third degree crime
  2. Possession of CDS, 2C:35-10a(4), a Disorderly Persons Offense

Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton represents the state.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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