Welfare investigators obtain $34,000 in judgments against accused St. Lawrence County perpetrators of fraud in March
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 12:17 pm

CANTON -- During March, investigators from the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and the District Attorney’s Office investigated numerous cases of reported fraud, obtaining judicial settlements of more than $34,000.

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 of the state penal law, according to Sr. Investigator Elizabeth Thomas.

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

During March, the county obtained judicial settlement of $34,041 and sanctioned some people, preventing them from receiving further benefits from the programs they allegedly defrauded.

Investigations are ongoing and arrests are pending, according to Thomas.

The investigators encourage the public 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. Those who make these reports may remain anonymous.