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Rhinebeck woman charged with welfare fraud

Published: 12/7/2017

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Captain John Watterson

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Selene B. Gutierrez, age 31 of Rhinebeck, 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. Gutierrez fraudulently received over $23,000 in SNAP benefits between March 2011 and February 2017 by concealing the fact that she had outside income.  

Ms. Gutierrez was arrested on 12/7/17 and charged with Welfare Fraud 3rd degree, which is a Class D Felony. After being processed she was arraigned at the City of Poughkeepsie Court and released to reappear on 1/3/18.  

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