KAYLA Montgomery is currently facing burglary charges, as well as numerous lesser counts.
Prosecutors dropped the welfare fraud charge against Harmony Montgomery’s stepmother, 31, and replaced them with three other charges, including theft, according to court filings released today.
Kayla has not been identified as a suspect in Harmony’s disappearance and all charges against her concern include stealing food stamps and government benefits.
According to the attorney general’s office, the number has been reduced due to new information about benefits provided by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
The new allegation still holds that the seven-year-old’s stepmother was still receiving food stamp benefits for Harmony while the girl was missing.
However, the new fee is paid under a different statute.
Prosecutors initially predicted eight misdemeanors, but only two misdemeanors of “prohibited conduct” were filed under public welfare statutes.
The attorney general’s office alleges that Kayla Montgomery knowingly made false statements by failing to disclose that Harmony was no longer in her care or living with her.
Montgomery is expected to make arrangements on Thursday for the new fees.
The bail remains at $5,000.
Missing New Hampshire girl’s stepmother is arrested and charged on January 5 on a charge of welfare fraud.
Kayla Montgomery is suspected of stealing more than $1,500 in food stamps from December 2019 to June 2021. She pleaded not guilty.
Last Monday, her attorney filed a request to have her bail reconsidered after prosecutors allege a possible welfare fraud felony was unfounded.
In an affidavit obtained by The US Sun, prosecutors accused Kayla of “intentionally” receiving benefits in the form of fraud during a recent interview about her disappearance. Harmony.
She told police she last saw the missing 7-year-old the day after Thanksgiving in 2019.
Harmony was last seen in person in October 2019. She no longer lives with Kayla and Adam Montgomery – the girl’s father – at the time.
On Monday afternoon, law enforcement concluded a three-day large-scale search operation in the backyard of Harmony’s last known address.
Authorities declined to confirm if anything was found, citing an ongoing and active investigation.
The reward for finding Harmony is currently over $100,000.
Anyone with information about Harmony Montgomery can call or text the 24/7 tip line at 603-203-6060.
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