Olean-based state police say 45-year-old Diane Ayala took $77 worth of merchandise from the Allegany Wal-Mart without paying for it. She was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail and scheduled to appear in court.
After the incident at McDonald’s Ayala attributed her behavior to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is a US Army veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm. In January, when sentencing her to a year of probation and 40 hours of community service, Judge John Pavlock urged Ayala to avoid further unlawful activity.
In 2012, she was convicted of welfare fraud for receiving nearly $7,000 in medical assistance and transportation benefits.