St. Lawrence County obtained judicial settlements of $9,739 against accused perpetrators of welfare fraud during July.
As part of a continuing crackdown, Department of Social Services Senior Investigator Elizabeth Thomas and District Attorney’s Investigator Edward Tischler are investigating alleged incidents of welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing, unlawful use of a benefit card, forgery and other violations of the NY State Penal Law as they relate to social services in the county.
The programs affected by the reported fraud include SNAP (Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance, Day Care, Medicaid, and HEAP.
Sanctioned individuals are prevented from receiving further benefits from the programs they defrauded.
Investigations are ongoing and arrests are pending, according to the investigators.
They encourage anyone to report any suspected welfare fraud by calling the DOSS Investigations Unit at 379-2145 or by filing a complaint at www.otda.nygov/welfarefraud. Reporters may remain anonymous.