CANTON -- Judicial settlements of $13,226 were ordered in August due to investigations of fraud by the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and the District Attorney’s Office.
The actions also resulted in sanctions on individuals preventing them from receiving further benefits from the programs they defrauded.
Investigations are ongoing and arrests are pending.
The programs affected by the reported fraud include SNAP (Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance, Day Care, Medicaid, and HEAP.
The investigations focused on the crimes of welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing, unlawful use of a benefit card, forgery and other violations of New York law, according to a press release from investigators.
They encourage the public to report any suspected welfare fraud activity by calling the DOSS Investigations Unit at 379-2145 or by filing a complaint at www.otda.nygov/welfarefraud. Reporters may remain anonymous.