County agrees to shift $100K for legal fees


WATERTOWN — A Sackets Harbor woman faces a restitution payment of almost $100,000 after she admitted to providing false information to obtain public benefits for about nine years.

Brittiany V. Thorp, 42, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny Tuesday in Jefferson County Court. She faces a possible sentence of up to five years probation and a restitution payment of $95,960.95 at her sentencing on Sept. 4.

Ms. Thorp admitted to acquiring more than $50,000 in benefits from the Jefferson County Department of Social Services by filing documents with false information between July 2008 and June 2017.

In other court action:

Jennifer L. Hester, 43, whose address was listed as Watertown and Oregon, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay $6,000 for a fine and surcharge.

Ms. Hester pleaded guilty to unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine on April 30. She was previously accused of making meth with Leon H. Dingman, 28, Lacona, and Ryan J. Childers, 36, Carthage, as well has having heroin at the time of her arrest in September.

Betsy J. Wood, 44, Henderson, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and admitted to committing the offense on May 11 in the town of Henderson.

Her sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 20, when she faces a possible sentence of a one-year conditional discharge with a requirement to participate in the Bridge Program, an alternative to incarceration whose purpose is to help participants recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Her license was also revoked.

David M. Regan, 34, Theresa, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted to driving while intoxicated on April 20 in the town of Antwerp while his license was suspended.

His sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 28, when he faces a possible sentence of up to three years probation. His license was also revoked.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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