MOUNT MORRIS – A young woman was arrested on Monday for allegedly lying on re-certification forms for welfare benefits, whereby she was illegally given $3,535 by the Livingston County Department of Social Services.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Kelly Drake, 22, of Conesus was charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th degree and Welfare Fraud in the 4th degree, both class E felonies.
It is alleged that Drake lied on a re-certification application indicating that she was not receiving any wages, when she was in fact working and getting paid.
Based on the wages she received, Drake defrauded the Livingston County Department of Social Services for public assistance benefits in the amount of $3,535.
The investigation and arrest was handled by Sheriff’s Investigator Bradley Schneider of the Criminal Investigations Division. Drake was released on appearance tickets to return to court at a later date.
PHOTO CAPTION: Photo courtesy of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.