NUNDA – A Nunda resident who stands accused of forging more than $11,000 from her great grandparents was re-arrested after a joint investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services, this time for allegedly abusing the Welfare and Food Stamps system.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Desiree Clark, 21, was arrested for Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, Petit Larceny, and Misuse of Food Stamps.
Clark was arrested on May 20, 2015 for allegedly forging checks to herself from her great grandparents, who suffer from memory loss and dementia, in amounts over $11,000. The money she allegedly made from the forgery should have been reported as income to the Department of Social Services. Clark apparently never did, resulting in a $582 overpayment of benefits.
The new charges against Clark are A Misdemeanors, and she will return to Mount Morris Town Court on a later date to answer the charges.
The investigation and arrest were handled by Sheriff’s Investigator Gene Chichester of the Criminal Investigations Division.