Crime

Tyrone woman charged with fraud

A Tyrone woman was charged with fraud after allegedly failing to disclose accurate income in an attempt to receive food stamp assistance.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Office of Inspector General, Gretchen Sarsfield, 32, “willfully misrepresented through false statement and/or failure to disclose material facts” the amount of income in her household beginning in February 2015.

According to the complaint, Sarsfield’s household received SNAP assistance from September 2014 through August 2015, but she failed to report that a fellow household member was employed and receiving wages from February to August 2015 to her caseworker at the Centre County Assistance Office.

It was determined she and the household received $1,796 in benefits she was not eligible for, the complaint said. She was charged via summons for a misdemeanor count of fraud through District Judge Ronald Horner’s office, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 28.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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