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Schenectady welfare fraud suspect facing perjury counts

Schenectady welfare fraud suspect facing perjury counts

A city woman accused of illegally taking $35,000 in welfare benefits is now facing perjury counts.

A city woman accused of illegally taking $35,000 in welfare benefits is now facing perjury counts.

Bindra Boodhwa, 50, of 1121 Congress St., was arraigned Friday on two separate indictments, one accusing her of the welfare fraud and the other of perjury. She pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Boodhwa is accused of taking food stamps and Medicaid benefits for herself and her three children that she wasn’t entitled to from Jan. 1, 2008 through July 31, 2012. She is accused of doing so by falsely certifying that the father of her children did not live in her home when he did. Prosecutors alleged the man owned a home and car and had a full-time job.

As a Schenectady County grand jury considered those charges last month, Boodhwa chose to testify and, according to the perjury indictment, flatly denied the man ever lived with her and that he ever bought their children food or provided for them in the past 10 years.

Boodhwa appeared in court Friday with her attorney, Joseph Litz. She has been free on $3,000 bail since her July arrest, but acting Schenectady County Court Judge Richard Giardino ordered Boodhwa to turn in her passport.

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