MERIDEN — A local woman faces charges after police said she defrauded the state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program of over $5,000.
Jaritza Ortiz, 38, of 93 Hisck St., Floor 2, was arrested on Thursday and charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community.
On June 26 state police received information from a fraud referral office alleging that Ortiz did not properly report the income or household composition in forms submitted to receive SNAP benefits, according to the arrest warrant. The information gathered during the investigation showed that on multiple occasions, from August 2018 to May 2019, Ortiz did not report that another adult was living in the household and making an income, and reported that two children lived in the home when they did not.
As a result of the alleged fraud, Ortiz received $5,582 in SNAP benefits that her household was not eligible to receive. Ortiz turned herself in on the active warrant and was later released on $1,500 bond.
She is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Dec. 2.