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Welfare fraud investigation nets six arrests in Seneca County

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says investigators arrested six people in relation to a welfare fraud investigation that concluded on November 2nd.

The arrests stemmed from joint-investigations between Sheriff’s Investigators and the Seneca County Division of Human Services.


The sheriff’s office announced the following arrests:

Katherine A. McConaughy, age 65, of Seneca Falls was charged with Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps. It is alleged that McConaughy failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. McConaughy was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in Waterloo Village Court.

Cherie E. Smith, age 33, of Phelps was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps. It is alleged that Smith failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Smith was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in Waterloo Village Court.


Robin S. Pearson, age 54, of Waterloo was charged with three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. It is alleged that Pearson filed false information when attempting to gain monetary benefits from Seneca County. Pearson was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in Waterloo Village Court.

Bethany A. Arnold, age 33, of Waterloo was charged with Misuse of Food Stamps and Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree. It is alleged that Arnold failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. Arnold was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in Waterloo Village Court.

Sarah R. McClanahan, age 34, of Waterloo was charged with Misuse of Food Stamps and Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree. It is alleged that McClanahan failed to disclose household income while receiving monetary benefits from Seneca County. McClanahan was released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in Waterloo Village Court.


Colter J. Morrison, age 36, of Newark was arrested on a Bench Warrant for failing to appear in the Waterloo Village Court on charges of Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. Morrison was taken into custody by the Newark Police Department and turned over to the Sheriff’s Office. Morrison was held in the Seneca County Correctional Facility and arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court. Morrison will appear in Waterloo Village Court at a later date.



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