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Bristol Woman Charged with Scamming Public Assistance Program



(Rocky Hill, CT) - A Bristol woman was arrested today and charged with stealing $4,581 from a program financed by the Connecticut Department of Social Services by failing to accurately report her household’s income.
Shelby L. Pent, age 29, was arrested by Inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Chief State's Attorney's Office on a warrant charging her with Larceny in the First Degree in violation of Connecticut General Statutes §53a-122.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Pent received $4,581 in benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that she was not entitled to receive from November 2019 to July 2020 because she intentionally underreported her household income in order to meet the SNAP gross income limit.
Pent was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on December 2, 2022. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Connecticut Department of Social Services investigative division submitted an arrest warrant application for Pent’s arrest. The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Susan Hatfield of the Statewide Prosecution Bureau.