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Livingston County woman charged for pension fraud

Patricia Chatley, a 59-year-old woman from Nunda, Livingston County, has been charged with third-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing over $34,500 in pension payments after her mother’s death. Chatley reportedly continued to collect her late mother’s pension benefits, meant to cease following her mother’s passing in January 2020.

Janet Chatley, Patricia’s mother, had retired from the Livingston County Department of Social Services in 1994, receiving approximately $1,000 monthly in pension benefits. Patricia failed to inform the bank or the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) of her mother’s demise, illegally transferring the pension funds to her account.

This fraudulent activity came to light following an anonymous tip to the New York State Comptroller’s Office. Investigators discovered 30 unauthorized pension payments collected by Chatley. She has been summoned to court on February 12 for her actions.