HUDSON – A Hudson man was arrested and charged with welfare fraud for collecting social services benefits of just under $41,000 to which he was not entitled.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office charged Peter McArdle, 54, with one count of welfare fraud and six counts of offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies.
McArdle allegedly collected public assistance benefits after submitting false paperwork on six separate dates to the Columbia County Department of Social Services and received the funding.
He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance pending a future court appearance.
Authorities said if anyone has information of or suspicion of anyone committing welfare fraud is asked to call the sheriff’s office crime tips line at 518-822-8477. Callers can remain anonymous if they wish.