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Williamson woman faces felony charges after DSS investigation finds home owned by filer

Deputies report the arrest of a Williamson woman following an investigation launched by the Wayne County Department of Social Services.

Nicole Brotherton, 33, of Williamson was charged with welfare fraud, grand larceny, and five counts of offering a false instrument for filing. All of the charges are felonies, and follow an investigation where it was determined Brotherton intentionally failed to disclose resources in form of a residence that she owned.

Altogether she received more than $12,000 in public benefits illegally.

Brotherton was transported to the Wayne County Jail and will answer the charges at a later date.