A local woman is accused of selling government issued wood pellets, which were meant to heat her home, over the internet.

Madeline DiSalvatore of New Paltz was arrested by the Ulster County Sheriff's Department and charged with welfare fraud, a felony.

An investigation conducted by the Ulster County Department of Social Services Special Investigation Unit along with the Office of the Ulster County District Attorney revealed that between Nov. 2015 and Jan. 2017, DiSalvatore received $1,126.00 in packaged wood pellets from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) which were meant to heat her home.

HEAP helps low-income people pay the cost of heating their homes.

The pellets were then sold by DiSalvatore over the internet, police say.

“Our `No Tolerance´ Anti-Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program continues to yield results and show that we are serious about protecting the benefits for those who truly need them as well our taxpayers,” Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said.

DiSalvatore was processed and released to reappear in Ulster Town court at a future date.

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