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County Executive McCoy and Sheriff Apple Announce Over $105,000 in Alleged Welfare Fraud Rooted Out

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 12:10 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced with Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Sr. that investigators within the Welfare Fraud Unit of the Albany County Department of Social Services have uncovered $105,353 worth of alleged welfare fraud involving nine individuals.

The length of time the fraud was committed ranged from just over a year to more than 4.5 years. Some of the most egregious cases of the alleged welfare fraud included Brittney Mitchell who alone received $25,304 in unlawful payments between May 2015 and January 2019 that investigators say she was not entitled to. Between February 2016 and November 2018, Yakema Johnson is accused of taking advantage of the system by failing to report her income and received $21,970 over that period.

“Hardworking families throughout Albany County and across the country depend on programs like temporary and daycare assistance and SNAP to make ends meet, and to take advantage of this critical safety net is an insult to every one of them,” said County Executive McCoy. “At a time when the federal government is looking for new ways to deny Americans nutrition assistance and other social programs, we need to ensure that only those who actually need this support are utilizing it.”

In 2017, the Fraud Unit achieved an overall cost avoidance of over $3.46 million by denying fraudulent applications for assistance, and closing or re-budgeting active assistance cases where fraud was detected.

In all these cases, all the charges are accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy