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Willet Woman Arrested for Welfare Fraud


The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest after an investigation conducted by the office and the Cortland County Department of Social Services.

Officers arrested 42 year old Melissa G. Wallace of Willet, after it was found she failed to disclose changes to her household composition to Social Services and provided fraudulent paperwork concerning her composition. Wallace ended up receiving benefits she was not entitled to exceeding $3,500 dollars.

Wallace was charged with Welfare Fraud in the 3rd, Grand Larceny in the 3rd, and two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st, all Felonies. She was arraigned and informed to reappear in Cortland City Court later this month.

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