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Daycare director charged with welfare fraud


HUDSON—Sara M. Clough, 28, of Malden Bridge was taken into custody on several charges related to welfare fraud, May 25 at 11:28 a.m.
Ms. Clough is an employee of the Family of Woodstock, Inc. of Kingston, which is sub-contracted by the Columbia County Department of Social Services (DSS) to administer daycare services and assistance funds. Ms. Clough was charged with one count each of third degree welfare fraud, third degree grand larceny and three counts of second degree possession of a forged instrument, all class D felonies.
She was also charged with five counts each of first degree filing a false instrument and first degree falsifying business records.
The investigation began following a tip from within DSS about Ms. Clough’s activities.
Between July and December 2009, Ms. Clough allegedly forged documents to collect $4,225.50 in public assistance to which she was not entitled. 
Sheriff’s Investigator John Rivero and Deputy Brian Molinski made the arrest. She was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge Richard Koweek and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bail bond. She was ordered to return to court June 17.  
The investigation was conducted by Investigator Rivero, Social Services Welfare Fraud Investigator Josh Ryder and the Welfare Resource Unit supervised by Bette Munson.

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