Moravia woman pleads guilty to $12,000 welfare fraud

A Moravia woman has admitted to receiving more than $12,000 in benefits that she wasn't entitled to.

Cindy Chavez, 60, of 6379 Crofoot Road, was one of 32 people arrested in 2015 after a welfare fraud investigation in Cayuga County. At the time, Chavez was charged with nine felonies — third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud and seven counts of first-degree filing a false instrument — and misusing food stamps, a class A misdemeanor.

On Thursday, Chavez pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud, both class D felonies, in full satisfaction of the charges.

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