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Woman faces welfare fraud count in Schenectady

Woman faces welfare fraud count in Schenectady

She was charged Friday
Woman faces welfare fraud count in Schenectady
Lydia Walker
Photographer: Schenectady County Jail (inset); Shutterstock (background)

SCHENECTADY -- A woman who allegedly failed to disclose her husband's income is facing welfare fraud charges for taking more than $21,000 in benefits she should not have received, authorities said.

Lydia Walker, 40, of McClellan Street, was arrested Friday on one count of third-degree welfare fraud and four counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies.

She is accused of applying for and receiving food stamps in 2015 and failing to notify Schenectady County Social Services then -- or as of last May -- about her husband's income, according to court documents.

In all, the omission meant she received $21,010 over three-and-a-half years that she should not have received, investigators allege.

Walker was arraigned and released on $1,000 bail.

 

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