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Former head of Newfane food pantry charged with stealing funds

LOCKPORT – The former director of the Migrant Ministry Food Pantry of Newfane’s First Baptist Church was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Niagara County Sheriff’s office Friday for allegedly stealing what was described as “a large amount of funds” from the church operation.

Ofelia Carmona, 53, of Appleton, was released on her own recognizance following her arraignment before Newfane Town Justice Bruce Barnes Friday afternoon on first-degree scheme to defraud and third-degree grand larceny charges. Investigators said Carmona was responsible for the management of the food pantry funds.

She faces further court proceedings April 8.