St. Lawrence County awarded $36,639 in welfare fraud court judgments
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 6:41 am

CANTON -- St. Lawrence County obtained judicial settlement of $36,639 from welfare fraud cases in May.

The programs involved included SNAP (food stamps), temporary assistance, day care, Medicaid and HEAP, according to a statement from the county District Attorney's Office.

Charges leveled against those receiving fraudulent benefits include welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing, unlawful use of a benefit card and forgery, among others, the statement says.

The DA's office "investigated numerous cases of fraud" in May, according to the release.

In April, the county obtained judicial settlement of $47,495 from similar settlements, according to the DA's office.

Almost all money actually received from violators is returned to the social services program from which it came, according to St. Lawrence County Legislator Joe Lightfoot of Ogdensburg.