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Poughkeepie Man Faces Welfare Fraud Charge

The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office arrested a Poughkeepsie man for welfare fraud following an investigation.
The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office arrested a Poughkeepsie man for welfare fraud following an investigation. Photo Credit: File

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A Poughkeepsie man was charged with welfare fraud on Wednesday, March 8, after an investigation uncovered he had received more than $35,000 in benefits fraudulently, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael J. McGinness, 41, was charged following an investigation by the Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Special Investigations Unit of the Dutchess County Community and Family Services Department, revealed that McGinness received $35,527 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits between February 2009 and September 2014, said Capt. John Watterson.

McGinness is accused of stealing the benefits by concealing the fact that he had other outside income, something that would have made him ineligible for the SNAP benefits, Watterson added.

He was charged with felony welfare fraud and released on his own recognizance. McGinness is scheduled to appear in court on March 30.

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