Six months jail time for woman who unlawfully received $36k in welfare benefits

NORWICH – A woman who received $36,228.50 of benefits which she was not entitled to was sentenced to six months incarceration in the Chenango County Correctional Facility, followed by five years of post-release supervision. She will also be required to pay back restitution in the full amount.

Jessica L. Branagan-Anderson, 30, of the Town of Norwich, agreed to plead guilty to welfare fraud in the third degree, a class D felony, when she reappeared in Chenango County Court on Friday, Oct. 7.

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