Texas fugitive charged with welfare fraud and growing pot in Oswego County

Kyle Thomas Keith Sr.

A Texas fugitive living under assumed name arrested in Oswego County last month was additionally charged Monday for allegedly growing marijuana and committing welfare fraud.

Deputies say Kyle Thomas Keith Sr. was arrested Monday on charges of unlawful growing of cannabis and felony criminal possession of marijuana. The charges stem from an investigation into an incident in which he was allegedly found to have marijuana plants, with a value of $10,000, growing in his home.

Keith was additionally accused of fraudulently receiving $2,500 in HEAP services from December 2008 through September 2010 by not disclosing information regarding his identity. He is charged with felony welfare fraud, felony grand larceny, and three counts of offering to file a false instrument.

Keith was arrested at the Oswego County Correctional Facility. He was arrested last month for being a Fugitive from Justice from Collin County, Texas, where a warrant was issued for in November of 2008 is for indecency with a child sexual contact. Keith had been living in Oswego County under an assumed name for a number of years.

Keith is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges on Tuesday in Oswego County Court.