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Fraud investigation reveals SNAP benefits scam

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Posted at 5:16 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 13:34:54-04

Over $2,000 in fraud benefits has a Jamestown man charged in connection with a welfare scam.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Health and Human Services Program Integrity Unit conducted a joint investigation after Richard Knighton, 31, may have had unreported income when he filed for SNAP/food stamp benefits.

Knighton's mother, Linda Knighton, 63, filled out and signed the application on her son's behalf, knowing that the paperwork excluded employment information, according to police.

Richard Knighton is charged with welfare fraud, grand larceny, offering a false instrument for filing, and misuse of food stamps.

Linda Knighton is charged with offering a false instrument for filing. 

Both were issued appearance tickets for Jamestown City Court for a later date.

Instances of suspected fraud can be reported by calling 1-800-388-5365.