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Auburn woman pleads guilty to $10,000 welfare fraud

An Auburn woman has admitted to providing false information to receive more than $10,000 in public assistance.

Gretchen Walter, formerly of 57 Orchard St. Apt. 3, pleaded guilty Thursday to fifth-degree welfare fraud, a class A misdemeanor.

The 28-year-old told Judge Thomas Leone she did not report that the father of her child was living with her from July 2012 to May 2013. During that time, Walter received nearly $7,000 in public assistance and $4,700 in food stamps, which Cayuga County Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Valdina said she was not entitled to.

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