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Batavia woman arrested today for alleged welfare fraud

Sarah Elmore, 31, of 8146 Bank Street Road, Batavia, was arrested today and charged with six felony counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and one count of petit larceny following an investigation by the Genesee County Department of Social Services.

The charges were filed after an investigation revealed that Elmore submitted various forms to the Genesee County Department of Social Services on which she allegedly concealed the fact that she was working as a self-employed personal care aide and earning income from her business.

Elmore is accused of receiving Food Stamp benefits totaling $686 and Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits totaling $75 between January and December 2011 to which she was not entitled. Elmore was arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department and issued an appearance ticket to appear in Batavia Town Court on April 11 to answer to the charges.

Anyone wishing to report suspected cases of welfare fraud in Genesee County can contact the Genesee County Department of Social Services at (585) 344-2580, ext. 6417 or ext. 6416. All calls are confidential.

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