MOUNT MORRIS – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fairport resident for allegedly fraudulently applying for food stamps.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Georgia Thomas, 40, was arrested for felony Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, Felony Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, and felony Misuse of Food Stamps.
It is alleged that Thomas went to the Livingston County Department of Social Services and had applied for SNAP benefits, a food stamp program. Thomas allegedly applied for this benefit with her daughter on the benefit plan. Police allege that her daughter was not living with her.
The total of the alleged fraud is thought to be $1,386.
Thomas was transported to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
Mount Morris Town Justice James Lapiana arraigned Thomas and ordered her held on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office recommended $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.
The investigation and arrest were handled by Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse of the Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of the Fraud Examiners of the Livingston County Department of Social Services.
The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information about benefit misuse or fraud to contact the Department of Social Services at (585)243-7300. Callers can remain anonymous. You can also leave a tip on the Sheriff’s Office website here.