Horseheads Woman Charged With Welfare Fraud

On Monday, police arrested 35 year old Janaya Watson of Horseheads following an investigation conducted by the Chemung County Department of Social Services
Special Investigations Unit, the Elmira Police Department, and the Chemung County Sheriff’s
Office. 

According to police, Watson forged documentation and submitted paperwork to
the Department of Social Services to open an assistance case in Chemung County. At the same time, she had allegedly been receiving assistance in the State of New Jersey and continued receiving duplicate benefits in both states. 

As a result, she received $3,377.00 in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits that she was not eligible to receive.

Watson was charged with one count each of Welfare Fraud 3rd and Grand Larceny 3rd which are Class D Felonies, as well as one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st, a Class E Felony.

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