Punxsutawney, PA – A Punxsutawney man is facing public assistance fraud charges.

52-year-old Robert Black is accused of failing to report that he was employed but continued to receive the same amount of public benefits.

A statewide Attorney General investigation found that Black was one of many people in the state who had failed to report that he was actually employed, knowing that this would negatively affect his eligibility for medical assistance and Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits.

Black had been employed since August of 2017 but had never notified the Department of Humane Services.

Black received $2,661.04 of Medical Assistance and LIHEAP benefits that he was not eligible for from September of 2017 to January of 2018.

He faces misdemeanor charges of fraud to obtain public assistance, food stamps, or Medicaid. Black’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 1.

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