Three people arrested in food stamp fraud scheme

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The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people in relation to a food stamp fraud scheme that began in the summer of 2018.

The Sheriff’s Office said that while John Cook Jr., 51, was incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail, he allegedly gave his Steuben County Department of Social Service Benefit card to Marion Conley, 45, of Hornell.

In July and August 2018, Conley allegedly used Cook’s issued benefit card on four occasions totaling $120.62 of benefits she was not entitled to.

Cook and Conley have both been charged with one count of Misuse of Food Stamps, a class A misdemeanor in violation of New York State Social Service Law.

In addition, Johnathan Hopkins, 34, allegedly provided a written landlord statement, completed and signed by Conley, knowing it contained false information, to the Steuben County Department of Social Services.

Hopkins was already incarcerated at the time of his arrest.

Conley and Hopkins have both been charged with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree, a class E felony.

All three were processed at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and issued appearance tickets to appear at the Village of Bath court at a later date.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, and the District Attorney’s Office.

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