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Hyde Park Woman Charged with Welfare Fraud

Published: 9/27/2019

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Captain John Watterson, 845-486-3860 

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Michelle Walcott, age 46 of Hyde Park, for welfare fraud stemming from a recent investigation. 

Investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, in conjunction with the Investigations Division of the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services, has revealed that Ms. Walcott illegally obtained $21,058 in SNAP benefits between January 2011 and December 2016 by allegedly concealing the fact that she co-owned property while reporting that she was paying rent. 

Ms. Walcott was arrested on 9/27/19 and charged with Welfare Fraud 3rd degree, which is a felony. After being processed she was arraigned at the City of Poughkeepsie Court and released to reappear on 10/15/19 at 9:00 am.  

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