An Auburn man was arrested Thursday and charged with taking advantage of welfare programs by receiving over $3,000 in undeserved benefits.
John Brown, 50, was picked up at his 162 E. Genesee St. home on an arrest warrant, following the completion of an investigation that spanned from April 7, 2017, to Nov. 8. Police said that this was a long-term investigation involving the Cayuga County Department of Social Services.
Police said Brown had reported inaccurate information regarding household members, income and employment in order to file for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Brown was arrested around 3 a.m. Thursday at his residence and was charged with four felonies: third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and one-count of misuse of food stamps.
He was arraigned in Auburn City Court Thursday morning and was released on his own recognizance, court officials said. He is due back in court Aug. 15.