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August 21, 2013

Police Log: Aug. 21, 2013 — Felony arrest

SARANAC LAKE — Police arrested a 31-year-old Saranac Lake woman Monday for alleged welfare fraud.

Jacqueline E. Snickles, 31, was arrested for allegedly moving her residence and failing to notify Social Services of the relocation, according to a news release from the Saranac Lake Police Department.

“Snickles was arrested on a Criminal Summons issued by the Town of Elizabethtown Court following an investigation into Essex County Dept. of Social Services fraud,” the release said.

“It is alleged that Snickles moved residences from Essex County to Franklin County and failed to notify the Essex County Dept. of Social Services of the address change.”

Snickles allegedly continued to receive social services from Essex County and is accused of filing official paperwork showing the Essex County address after having moved to Franklin County.

Police charged the Saranac Lake woman with fourth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies.

Snickles was process by village police and released with a criminal summons to appear in Elizabethtown Town Court at a later date.

The fraud was related to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, according to Police Chief Bruce Nason.

“She has to appear in Essex Co. court. Paperwork will have been filed with the District Attorney as well as the court,” the chief said on Tuesday.

— By Staff Writers Felicia Krieg and Kim Smith Dedam

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