Ontario County woman convicted of welfare fraud gets year in jail

A Bloomfield woman who fraudulently obtained nearly $24,000 in benefits from the Geneva Housing Authority was sentenced to jail Wednesday.

Ontario County Judge William Kocher sentenced Laura Hurlburt to a year in jail after she was convicted on felony charges of third-degree welfare fraud, third-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Hurlburt was found guilty of those charges May 4 following a jury trial in county court.

Assistant District Attorney Melanie Bailey said the charges stemmed from personal declarations filed by Hurlburt with the Geneva Housing Authority from 2010 to 2015 to obtain rental assistance under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 housing choice voucher program, which is administered by the authority.

Hurlburt provided inaccurate household composition in the paperwork, failing to disclose she was living with the landlord and owner of the property. As a result, she was indicted by a grand jury and convicted of getting $23,912 in benefits she was not entitled to.

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