Hyde Park woman charged with welfare fraud

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POUGHKEEPSIE – A Hyde Park woman is charged with welfare from following an investigation.

Michelle Walcott, 46, allegedly stole over $21,000 in SNAP benefits between January 2011 and December 2016 by concealing the fact that she co-owned property while reporting she was paying rent.

She was arrested on September 27 by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, charged with felony welfare fraud and released to reappear in court at a later date.

The investigation was in conjunction with the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services.