Man gets 30 days for welfare theft

By George Chappell | Nov 02, 2012

Rockland — A man charged with theft by deception for making false statements to get welfare from the city has been sentenced to 180 days in the Knox County Jail, with all but 30 days suspended.

Joseph R. Shaw Jr., 45, listed as a transient, appeared in Knox County Superior Court Oct. 31 before Justice Jeffrey Hjelm on charges of theft by deception, unlawful possession of hydrocodone, violating a condition of release and operating under the influence.

He entered a plea of nolo, or no contest, to the theft charge. He was ordered to pay restitution in $742 to the city of Rockland for theft in August and September 2011.

In addition, he was given seven days in jail for the drug charge, to be served concurrently with the welfare theft charge, and a $700 fine and three-year license suspension.

According to the police affidavit, Shaw and co-defendant Elizabeth Riley, 67, gave false information to the city welfare office in receiving the money from general assistance.

Riley's case on a charge of theft by deception is still pending. Shaw said he was renting a room from Riley and that she was his sister, when in fact they had a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, according to the police report.


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