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Glen Head woman accused of defrauding federal government

A Glen Head woman has been arrested and accused of being "involved in numerous fraudulent transactions" from a federal-government relief program for the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

Lisa Buchanan, 41, and was arrested Tuesday at 3 p.m., according to a police department news release, which said she fraudulently obtained about $179,500 from the government.

The release did not detail evidence connecting her to the alleged crime, which was investigated by the police department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

When being arrested, police officers found her two boys, 5 and 13, in "deplorable living conditions inside the home," the release said. Child-welfare workers summoned by the police placed the children with another family member in another home, the release said.

She was arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead on charges including grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument, identity theft and child endangerment, according to the release. She was freed after the proceeding, according to the state court system's online database, which did not list an attorney for her.

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