Cops Bust Dansville Woman for Welfare Fraud

MOUNT MORRIS – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Dansville resident for allegedly stealing welfare fraud benefits in Mount Morris.

According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Noelle Farmer, 28, was arrested for Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, and Misuse of Food Stamps.

Investigators allege that Farmer went to Livingston County Department of Social Services in Mount Morris, signed up for welfare benefits and reported that a dependent lived with her when the dependent actually lived out of county, resulting in an overpayment of $2,603.

The arrest and investigation were handled by Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse of the Criminal Investigations Division with the assistance of the Livingston County Department of Social Services.

Farmer was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.

On Feb. 10, Mount Morris Court Justice Robert Ossont arraigned Farmer and released her on her own recognizance, with no bail required. The District Attorney’s Office recommended that bail be set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.