MOUNT MORRIS: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of Mount Morris resident on felony charges after an investigation into welfare fraud. On January 4, 2019 Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse arrested and charged 23 year old Yanira N. Colon-Figueroa with felony Welfare Fraud in the 4th Degree and felony Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.
It is alleged that Colon-Figueroa applied for and was receiving benefits from the Livingston County Department of Social Services. It is further alleged that Colon-Figueroa failed to disclose income that she was receiving from employment that resulted in her receiving over
$1,700 in benefits that she was not entitled to receive.
Colon-Figueroa was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charge and recommended that the Judge hold Colon-
Figueroa on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.
Colon-Figueroa was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Justice Jeanean Love. The Judge remanded Colon-Figueroa to the custody of the Sheriff on $200 cash bail or $400
The investigation was conducted in coordination between the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the Livingston County Department of Social Services, and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office.
If you have information about those receiving welfare benefits illegally, you may make a tip at www.livingstoncounty.us/sheriff under the TAKE ACTION-TIP LINE or at 585.243.7100.