Investigators from the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and the District Attorney’s Office obtained judicial settlement of $12,846 in November and sanctioned individuals preventing them from receiving further benefits from social services programs they allegedly defrauded.
Investigations are ongoing and arrests are pending, according to investigators.
These investigations focus on welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing, unlawful use of a benefit card, forgery, and other violations of the NY State Penal Law.
The programs affected by the reported fraud include SNAP (Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance, Day Care, Medicaid, and HEAP.
Investigators 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. Fraud reporters may remain anonymous.