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May 9, 2013

Lockport woman charged with welfare fraud

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Lockport woman faces welfare fraud charges after turning herself in Wednesday, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

Katherine Mahnke, 20, of Lockport is charged with fifth-degree welfare fraud, second-degree offering a false instrument for filing and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said in a statement Mahnke turned herself in after an investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Welfare Fraud Unit and the Niagara County Department of Social Services.

The investigation found that Mahnke had forged a written note concerning why she was late for the Work Experience Program and turned it into the Employment Unit of the Niagara County Department of Social Services. As a result she was charged, the Sheriff's Office said.

Mahnke was arraigned and bail was set at $500 cash. She is scheduled to appear Monday in Lockport City Court.