LENOX — A Cazenovia woman is facing multiple felonies for allegedly defrauding public assistance through false child care reimbursement claims, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrested Tonnie S. Newcomb, 38, on Feb. 7 and charged her with third-degree welfare fraud, third-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, officials said.
Deputies said Newcomb allegedly filed public assistance documentation with the Madison County Department of Social Services which indicated that her children were living with her at her residence when they in fact living at another residence.
Newcomb was provided $4,698 in public assistance benefits that she would not have otherwise received, deputies said.
Newcomb was arraigned at the City of Oneida Court and was released on her own recognizance, deputies said, and is scheduled to appear at the Town of Lenox Court on Tuesday, Feb. 27.