Authorities have arrested 38-year-old Betty Bourguignon, resident of 15 West Funston Avenue, #212, Spring Valley, New York on one count of grand larceny in the third degree, a class “D” felony. Bourguignon, a recipient of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) and other public assistance, falsely reported that she was unemployed, when she was, in fact, working for Creston Electronics of Bergen County, New Jersey, the charges say.
Between September, 2011 and October, 2012 the defendant received $17,422.50 in government assistance benefits to which she was not entitled, police say. Bourguignon was arrested on July 22, 2013 following an investigation by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit and the Rockland County Department of Social Services.
The defendant was arraigned in the Town of Ramapo Justice Court before the Honorable Rhoda Schoenberger and was released on her own recognizance. Bourguignon is due to return to court on July 30, 2013. She faces up to seven years in state prison, if convicted. Supervising Senior Assistant District Attorney Anthony Dellicarri is prosecuting the case.