The state's Office of Inspector General recently announced a York woman was among 27 Pennsylvania residents who pleaded guilty to welfare fraud or were sentenced for their crimes during September.

"Assistance is available for those who qualify for benefits," Inspector General Michael A. Sprow said in a press release. "Unfortunately there are those individuals who cheat the welfare system and take away funds from Pennsylvanians in need."

Cathy J. Shoff, 52, of York fraudulently received more than $3,000 in SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or Food Stamps. Shoff was sentenced to three years' probation and was ordered to pay restitution, costs and fines. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for one year.