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Two women charged with welfare fraud after thousands of dollars in overpayments in Madison County

Hope Layo, 38, was allegedly overpaid $2,255 in public assistance.


Police in Madison County have arrested two women for welfare fraud that led to thousands of dollars in overpayments.


Sheriff's investigators say 38-year-old Hope Layo of East Syracuse falsified her public assistance application by claiming that she lived in Madison County. Layo received over $2,000 in public assistance benefits. She was charged with felony welfare fraud and offering a false instrument for filing. She is scheduled to appear in the Town of Lenox Court next month.


30-year old Adrianne Wagoner of Canastota claimed that her three children lived with her, but police say her kids haven't lived with her for over a year. She was overpaid more that $7,000 in public assistance benefits. She's charged with felony welfare fraud and offering a false instrument for filing, and is scheduled to appear in Town of Lenox Court next week.


If convicted, both women could face time in prison.

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