A Bath man is facing charges after a lengthy investigation into stolen farm equiment being sold for scrap.
Noel R. Campbell, 29, of Freeman Hollow Road, allegedly stole a piece of farm equipment in September 2013 from a residence in the Town of Cameron and sold it for scrap at a recycling facility in the Town of Wheeler, State Police in Bath said Friday.
He was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor, for the alleged theft and sale of the farm equipment.
Campbell was charged later with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a misdemeanor, after further investigation revealed he sold scrap metal on several occasions without reporting the income to the Steuben County Dept. of Social Services, troopers said. As a result, he allegedly received $2,142 in food stamps to which he was not entitled, troopers said.
He will appear on the stolen property charge May 8 in Wheeler Town Court. He will appear May 7 in Bath Village Court on the grand larceny charge.
The Steuben County Dept. of Social Services Welfare Fraud Unit assisted in the investigation.