Town of Chemung Woman Arrested for Welfare Fraud

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A Town of Chemung resident is arrested for Welfare Fraud on Tuesday. 

An investigation found 27-year-old Ashley Fenchel filed fraudulent paperwork with the Department of Social Services and received $2,313 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not eligible to receive. 

Fenchel is charged with Welfare Fraud in the 4th degree, Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st degree which are all class E felonies. 

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Social Services Special Investigation Unit and the Elmira police Department. 

If you suspect someone is committing welfare fraud, you are asked to report it to the Chemung County Fraud Hotline at (607)737-5352. 

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