2018-12-05 / Police

Arkville Woman Sentenced for Welfare Fraud

DELHI - An Arkville woman pled guilty to and was sentenced on welfare fraud charges in Delaware County Court on Tuesday, Dec. 4, as part of a negotiated deal which does not include jail time, but will require that she reimburse the Delaware County Department of Social Services (DSS) for the money she received that she was not entitled to.

Catherine Norton, 60, pled guilty to one count of third-degree welfare fraud, admitting that she falsely reported that two people were living in her residence who were not, and that benefits were paid to her based upon the false information.

In a separate case, Norton pled guilty to one count of petit larceny reduced from fourth-degree grand larceny, admitting that she received $1,081 in SNAP benefits, or food stamps, that she was not entitled to from May through Dec. 2017.

In exchange for the guilty pleas, she was ordered to pay $1,081 in restitution to DSS for the SNAP benefits and $4,123.08 in restitution for the public assistance benefits she was not entitled to. As part of the negotiated plea and sentence agreement, Norton will serve five years probation.

Three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing were dismissed at sentencing as part of the negotiated agreement.

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