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County Executive McCoy Announces Investigators Uncover Another Case of Alleged Welfare Fraud

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 4:24 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced investigators with the Welfare Fraud Unit of the Albany County Department of Social Services have uncovered nearly $12,500 worth of alleged welfare fraud involving a single individual over a less than two-year period.

The investigation concludes the county resident committed fraud by intentionally and knowingly failing to report the income of another member of the household to the Daycare Division of the Department of Social Services. The alleged crimes include grand larceny in the 3rd degree and welfare fraud in the 3rd degree.

“Welfare fraud is theft, plain and simple. Taking the hard-earned money of taxpayers and services from those who actually need them will never be tolerated in Albany County and we remain vigilant to ensure those who break the law are brought to justice,” said County Executive McCoy. “Every day our investigators work diligently to uncover this kind of abuse and these cases show that their efforts yield results.”

In 2017, the Fraud Unit achieved an overall cost avoidance of over $3,460,000 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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