City woman charged in fraud case
A Falls women has been arrested and charged by State Police in an attempt to rip-off the state Department of Labor.
Tieshia V. Thomas, 24, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. All the charges are felonies.
State Police investigators said Thomas fraudulently filed paperwork with the Department of Labor between January 2012 and September 2013 and received more than $8,500 in unemployment benefits while she was gainfully employed in Niagara Falls.
Thomas is scheduled to appear Falls City Court on May 1.
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• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2700 block of Livingston Avenue. A 40-year-old woman told officers that sometime between 8 and 9:20 p.m., Thursday, someone broke into her home through an unlocked window. The victim said her phone, a television and a door were damaged.