St. Lawrence County awarded over 34K from welfare fraud settlements for January
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 6:05 am

St. Lawrence has been awarded a judicial settlement of $34,913 for welfare fraud in the month of January.

Investigators from the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and the District Attorney’s Office investigated numerous cases of reported fraud.

These investigations focused on the crimes of welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing, unlawful use of a benefit card, forgery and other violations.

The programs affected by the reported fraud include SNAP (Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance, Day Care, Medicaid, and HEAP.

During this period, the County obtained judicial settlement of $34,913.00 and sanctioned individuals preventing them from receiving further benefits from the programs they defrauded.

Investigations are ongoing and arrests are pending.

The public is encouraged 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.