A Dutchess County woman is accused of stealing over $5,000 in welfare fraud.

On Tuesday, 39-year-old Rudaina F. Murshed of Poughkeepsie was charged with welfare fraud, a felony.

An investigation by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, in conjunction with the Special Investigations Unit of the Dutchess County Community and Family Services Department, revealed that Murshed received approximately $5,315 in SNAP benefits during a fourteen month period, police say.

Murshed is accused of stealing the benefits by hiding the fact that she had other outside income, something that would have made her ineligible to receive welfare benefits.

Murshed was arraigned at the City of Poughkeepsie Court, and was released on her own recognizance to reappear on 6/13/17.

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