St. Lawrence County awarded $6,761 in welfare fraud settlements
CANTON -- St. Lawrence County was recently awarded $6,761 in welfare fraud settlements.
St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and the District Attorney’s Office say they 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 of the state law.
The programs affected by the reported fraud include SNAP temporary assistance, day care, Medicaid, and HEAP.
As a result, the county obtained judicial settlement of $6,761 and disqualified seven people preventing them from receiving further benefits from the programs they defrauded, county officials said. A news release from the county does not make clear if the $6,761 came from the seven disqualified people.