Kingston woman accused of $16,000 welfare fraud

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A Kingston woman helped herself to $16,000 in welfare benefits for more than six years, State Police and the Ulster County district attorney's office said.

Dolores M. Molina, 46, was receiving welfare checks from 2006 through this year, authorities said. The Department of Social Services received a tip, and the department's special investigations unit began an investigation with the help of troopers and Ulster County prosecutors. Molina was arrested Friday.

Police said Molina "frequently applied for welfare benefits" during the six-plus-year stretch, though she didn't meet the eligibility requirements. Cops did not say if Molina was employed during those six-plus years.

Molina was charged with grand larceny, welfare fraud and offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies.

She was arraigned in Ulster Town Court and released pending a court hearing later this month. Molina did not have an attorney listed in court records.

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