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Sheriff's Office
Adrian H. Anderson, Sheriff

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August 22, 2014        Print version

Poughkeepsie woman charged with welfare fraud and larceny

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Chandra C. Finley, age 34 of Poughkeepsie, for grand larceny and welfare fraud stemming from a 2-month long investigation.

Investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, in conjunction with the Dutchess County Dept. of Social Services’ Special Investigations Unit, has revealed that Ms. Finley allegedly stole $3,600 in SNAP benefits (food stamps) and temporary assistance from March 2011 – May 2012. Ms. Finley is accused of stealing the benefits by claiming that she was not working when in fact she was.

Ms. Finley was arrested on 8/21/14 and charged with grand larceny 3rd degree and welfare fraud 3rd degree, both Class D Felonies. After being processed, she was arraigned at the City of Poughkeepsie Court and released on her own recognizance to appear at a later date.

As with any criminal case, the charges described here are merely accusations and Ms. Finley is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.