St. Lawrence County obtains judicial settlements of more than $20,000 for welfare fraud in June
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 2:48 pm

CANTON – St. Lawrence County obtained a judicial settlement of $20,194 stemming from welfare fraud uncovered by June investigations.

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

Officials said the case 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 a judicial settlement of $20,194.00 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 Department of Social Services Investigations Unit at 379-2145 or by filing a complaint at www.otda.nygov/welfarefraud. Reporters may remain anonymous.