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Steuben couple arrested after two-year fraud investigation

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In a significant crackdown on welfare fraud, Steuben County authorities have arrested Scott G. Rivers and Patricia E. Rivers, both 56, on charges of creating fake documents and committing welfare fraud. The couple, residents of Bath, were apprehended on January 19, following an extensive two-year investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

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The investigation revealed that from December 1, 2021, to September 30, 2023, the Rivers couple engaged in fraudulent activities involving the creation and submission of false documents to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Their deceitful actions led to them receiving $4,372 in benefits they were not entitled to, according to police reports.

Both Scott and Patricia Rivers face serious charges including offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records, both class E felonies, as well as welfare fraud and grand larceny, both class D felonies. Following their arrest, Scott Rivers was detained for processing, while Patricia Rivers was released. The case highlights the ongoing efforts by law enforcement to combat welfare fraud and protect public resources.