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Falls woman charged with unemployment benefit fraud

NIAGARA FALLS – State Police arrested a Niagara Falls woman Friday and charged her with fraudulently obtaining more than $8,500 worth of unemployment benefits.

Tieshia V. Thomas, 24, was charged with three felonies: third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Thomas allegedly had a job in Niagara Falls when she filed for jobless benefits between January 2012 and September 2013, troopers said. The case was investigated by the State Labor Department.