LEICESTER – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Leicester resident on Friday as part of a welfare fraud investigation.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Ronda Cupicha, 46, was arrested for felony Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, felony Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, and felony Misuse of Food Stamps.
It is alleged that Cupicha signed up for food stamps through the Livingston County Department of Social Services and reported that she had no income.
Through the investigation, it was revealed that Cupicha had a company in her name, ‘Mater Towing and Recovery,’ which was generating money for her. Police also allegedly located more income through bank records.
Cupicha was arrested by Sheriff’s Investigators and transported to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
The investigation was handled by Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse of the Criminal Investigations Division with the assistance of the Livingston County Department of Social Services and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office.
Leicester Town Justice Richard White arraigned Cupicha and ordered her held in the Livingston County Jail on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office recommended that she be held on $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond
She posted bail on Oct. 22.
The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information about misuse or fraud in regard to benefits to contact the Department of Social Services at (585)243-7300. Callers may remain anonymous. Citizens can also leave a tip on the Sheriff’s Office website under the TAKE ACTION, TIP LINE here.