Twin sisters living in Farmington charged in welfare fraud investigation

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Wayne County Department of Social Services, reports the arrest of twin sisters for Conspiracy and other charges following a three month long investigation.

Arrested were Stephenie K. Hartnagel and Chrysten L. Buttiglieri, both 36, and currently residing together at Carriage Court in the Town of Farmington.

An investigation was initiated by the Department of Social Services after the initial report that Hartnagel, who was living in Marion at the time, was believed to be selling her food stamps for profit at the beginning of every month.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office with help from security specialist at Wegmans were then able to confirm that Hartnagel was allowing her sister Buttiglieri to use her EBT card frequently, going back to November of 2016.

This was confirmed using both store surveillance video and transaction history with shopper’s club cards.

As a result of the investigation it was confirmed that Harnagel allowed $1736.62 worth of Food Stamps to be stolen from her account.

Stephenie K. Hartnagel was then arrested for fourth-degree grand larceny — a class E Felony, fifth-degree conspiracy and Misuse of Food Stamps both class A misdemeanors.

Her sister Chrysten L. Buttiglieri was also arrested for 9 counts of Misuse of Food Stamps and one count of sixth-degree conspiracy.

Both were arrested at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in the Town of Lyons, and issued appearance tickets for all charges to appear at a later date to answer the charges.

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