BATAVIA — A Byron woman and an Attica woman were sentenced in August to one-year conditional discharges in separate welfare fraud cases, the Genesee County Department of Social Services reported.

Trina Grimmer, 50, of Byron pleaded guilty Aug. 17 in Batavia Town Court to petit larceny. Grimmer was originally charged with six counts of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of third-degree grand larceny. Department Investigator Dakota Nicholson found that Grimmer failed to report that her son and his father were also living in the home. She received $8,104 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to which she was not entitled.

In addition to the reduced charge and conditional discharge, Grimmer was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a year and has made full restitution to the department.

Valerie L. Marucci, 42, of Attica, was originally charged with two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny after Investigator Robert Riggi found that she failed to report income and received $2,725 in SNAP benefits to which she was not entitled.

Marucci was also disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for a year and has made full restitution to the department.

Anyone wishing to report suspected cases of welfare fraud in Genesee County may contact the Department of Social Services Fraud Unit at (585) 344-2590, ext. 6417 or 6541.

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