New Haven woman make false statements to receive witness funds

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven woman will not go tot jail after pleading guilty to one count of making a false statement to law enforcement.

28-year-old Lacey Bland was ordered to three years of probation, the first six months she will spend in home confinement. Bland has to perform 50 hours of community service.

According to court documents, she reported concerns about her safety to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and obtained authorization to provide Emergency Witness Assistance Program (EWAP) funds for her to change her residence.

Bland told an employee of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that she had found a new residence and that a rental check in the amount of $3,600 should to made payable to a person she stated was the landlord’s wife.

Bland also requested $399 in cash for payment to the movers. The investigation revealed the landlord’s wife was her associate who was unrelated to the landlord or premises to which Bland said she was moving. She never received EWAP funds.

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