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Dover Plains woman charged with welfare fraud

Published: 10/12/2018

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Captain John Watterson, 845-486-3860      

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Megan E. Walsh, age 36 of Dover Plains, 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. Walsh illegally obtained over $9,800 in daycare and SNAP benefits between January 2017 and November 2017 by allegedly concealing the fact that someone else was living in the residence and receiving income.

Ms. Walsh was arrested on 10/12/18 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 11/13/18.  

As with any criminal case, the charge described above is merely an accusation and Ms. Walsh is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.