Cop Arrested for Welfare Fraud

An NYPD officer accused of providing false financial information in an attempt to qualify for subsidized housing turned herself in today.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office says 31-year-old Simone Smith, "who was assigned to the 108th Precinct in Queens, was arrested on charges of welfare fraud, forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, attempted grand larceny, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing." Smith allegedly turned in old pay stubs and W2's to the City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development in hopes of getting $7,600 in assistance.

The AP reports NYC's Department of Investigation says the pay stubs Smith turned in made it seem as though she'd earned only $32,258 in 2008, when she'd really earned $58,000. The defense attorney currently representing Smith wasn't in when the Voice called his office this afternoon; hs partner, Elizabeth Crotty, points out that Smith is a single mother."This was a person who was trying to make ends meet," says the lawyer.

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