Newark woman received $1,000 in illegal benefits, tried to return them

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 44-year-old Newark resident after a welfare fraud investigation.

Investigators say Amy J. Crawford, of Newark, recently applied for and started receiving SNAP benefits while working. It was determined through an investigation that Crawford had a full-time job, and was collecting income while receiving benefits.

When Crawford became aware of the investigation, she requested that DSS close her case and take back the money in her account, which was not used.

In all she purchased $1,082 worth of SNAP benefits she should have not received, according to investigators.

She was charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny. The charges will be answered in Lyons Town Court at a later date.

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