Manchester woman charged with welfare fraud failed to report over $200K of income


A 60-year-old Manchester woman was arrested on February 17th, according to deputies in Ontario County after an investigation into alleged welfare fraud.

Deputies say Karen M. Ray, 60, of Manchester was taken into custody after an arrest warrant was issued for her arrest. She was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, as well as third-degree welfare fraud.

The investigation revealed that Ray received over $200,000 in income from unauthorized withdrawals from a relative’s bank account from 2008 to 2014.

During this period she was receiving SNAP, medical and HEAP assistance from the Ontario County Department of Social Services and failed to notify the income to her case worker.

This resulted in a larceny of $27,306.19 from the Ontario County Department of Social Services.

Ray was arraigned in Hopewell Town Court and remanded to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. The charges will be answered at a later date in court.

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