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Jailed Lowville woman additionally charged with welfare fraud

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LOWVILLE — A Lowville woman already in Lewis County jail was additionally charged Tuesday with welfare fraud.

Village police, in conjunction with Lewis County Department of Social Services investigators, charged Tiffany V. Thompson, 30, of 5323 Dayan St., with fourth-degree welfare fraud, fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies. She was arraigned in Village Court and sent back to jail on an additional $1,250 bail.

Ms. Thompson was accused of receiving in October $1,172.08 in Medicaid and food stamp benefits to which she was not entitled.

She was jailed on $2,000 bail in late January on charges of fourth-degree insurance fraud and first-degree falsifying business records for allegedly receiving prescription medication from various pharmacies that were covered by Medicaid, then altering the receipts to file claims with Peerless Insurance for the full retail value of the drugs.

Lewis County sheriff’s deputies in January also charged her with petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana for allegedly stealing $900 on Jan. 4 from a residence on Wetmore Road in the town of Watson and possessing a small amount of marijuana.

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