Sheriff, DSS charged three with felony welfare fraud

GUILFORD – Chenango County authorities have accused a Guilford couple of stealing $14,596.33 in unemployment benefits.

Elizabeth and Peter Thek were arrested for stealing the money following an investigation by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services Fraud Investigation Unit.

The Sheriff’s Office said the couple continued to collected medical and food assistance they were not entitled to from the Department of Social Services without reporting that Peter Thek was receiving unemployment benefits.

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