MOUNT MORRIS — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty on Tuesday reported the arrest of a Mount Morris resident on felony charges after an investigation into welfare fraud.

It is alleged through investigation that Hillary J. Velazquez, 25, had applied for and received benefits through the Livingston County Department of Social Services. It is also alleged that Velazquez failed to report household income to Social Services which resulted in her receiving over $1,850 in benefits that she was not entitled to receive.

On Sept. 21, Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse arrested Velazquez and charged her with felony Welfare Fraud in the fourth degree, felony Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, and Misuse of Food Stamps.

Velazquez was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges and $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond was recommended.

Velazquez was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC- CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Livonia Justice Robert Lemen. The Judge remanded Velazquez to the custody of the Sheriff on $200 cash bail or $400 bond.

The investigation was conducted in coordination with the Livingston County Department of Social Services Fraud Unit and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office.