Delaware County authorities say they recovered more than $137,000 in public benefit money improperly paid to a Delhi woman.

District Attorney John Hubbard announced in a news release that Sheryl Arduini, 49, made a payment of $137,521 to the Delaware County Department of Social Services and was disqualified from receiving public benefits.

The release said the recovery is the result of a "lengthy" investigation by the Social Services Fraud Investigations Unit. The investigation reportedly revealed that Arduini submitted documents that failed to report her household income in its entirety, and as a result, she received SNAP, HEAP, Medicaid,and daycare benefits to which she was not entitled.

The release said DSS and the district attorney’s office have worked together to secure convictions and disqualifications in 39 cases since January 1, 2018. Hubbard said the work has secured the repayment of more than $507,833.57 of fraudulently obtained benefits in the past 18 months.

“Welfare fraud cases are often complex and require a great deal of investigation in order to effectively prosecute," Hubbard said in the release. "I am thankful for the investigators’ work on these cases and the support and assistance of Commissioner Dana Scuderi-Hunter. This office will continue to investigate and prosecute these fraudulent activities and secure restitution for our taxpayers. The prosecution of fraud cases is important because not only are the defendants committing theft, they are diverting the limited resources specifically intended for the needy members of our communities.”

Those who would like to report welfare fraud in Delaware County should call the Welfare Fraud Hotline at 607-832-5404, the release said.