Mount Morris Man Jailed for $277 in Welfare Fraud

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — A Mount Morris man is being held in jail for allegedly fraudulently obtaining $277 in welfare benefits.

According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty, they arrested James A. Lemen, 58, on multiple felonies and misdemeanors relating to Welfare Fraud. The charges included Falsifying Business Records in the first degree, Welfare Fraud in the fifth degree, Petit Larceny and Misuse of Food Stamps.

Handling the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office was Investigator Josh Monster of the Criminal Investigations Division who bases the charges on Lemen’s failure to report income he was receiving from a job.   Based on the failure to report his income, Lemen was granted public assistance that he would not have been eligible for.  The total amount that was fraudulently obtained was $277.00.

Lemen was arraigned and held without bail by Justice Robert Ossont due to having two prior felony convictions.

According to the press release the investigation was collaborative effort of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the Livingston County Department of Social Services and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office.

James Lemen mugshot. (Photo/LCSO)