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Elmira Woman Arrested For Welfare Fraud

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An Elmira woman has been arrested and charged with welfare fraud. 

43 year old Debra Palmer was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 3rd Degree Welfare Fraud, 1st degree Offering A false Instrument For Filing, and two counts of 3rd Degree Grand Larceny.


According to Elmira Police Department, an investigation revealed that Palmer filed fraudulent paperwork with Chemung County Social Services and as a result received $3675.00 in SNAP benefits she was not eligible to receive.

Police also say Palmer failed to notify the Social Security Administration that she had returned to work and was receiving income while also receiving SSI Disability benefits and as a result received $13,216.00 in Social Security benefits she was not able to receive. 

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