Keshia M. Laird, 34, of Wolcott, owned a store at the Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn and, at the same time, allegedly unlawfully collected food stamps through the Wayne County Department of Social Servies.
LYONS — A Wayne County woman is facing a trio of felony charges after being accused of claiming she was unemployed in order to collect food stamps.
Wayne County sheriff’s deputies charged Keshia M. Laird, 34, of Wolcott, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, all class E felonies.
The arrest was made after an investigation initiated by the Department of Social Servies, who then contacted the Sheriff’s Welfare Fraud Unit. Deputies began an investigation of their own in 2016.
During that investigation, it was allegedly determined that Laird was working as the owner of a craft store located at the Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn, deputies said. The Wolcott woman is accused of operating a store front and collecting rent from multiple mall vendors.
The investigation allegedly uncovered that Laird collected roughly $1,317 worth of food stamps she never should have received, according to deputies.
Laird was issued appearance tickets and released. She will appear in Lyons Town Court at a later date.