Investigators rack up $35,853 in judgements against alleged welfare cheaters in October
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Investigators from the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and the District Attorney’s Office report they obtained judicial settlement of $35,853 during October against alleged welfare cheaters.

The investigations also led to sanctions against individuals preventing them from receiving further benefits from the programs they defrauded, including SNAP (Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance, Day Care, Medicaid, and HEAP.

Investigations focused on welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing, unlawful use of a benefit card, forgery and other violations of New York State Penal Law.

Investigations are ongoing and arrests are pending, according to the press release from the investigators.

The investigations are led by DSS Senior Investigator Elizabeth Thomas and DA’s Investigator Edward Tischler.

The public is encouraged to report suspected welfare fraud by calling the DSS Investigations Unit at 379-2145 or by filing a complaint at www.otda.nygov/welfarefraud. Reporters may remain anonymous.