County Cracks Down on $1M in Welfare Fraud

Orange County, New York officials announced on Wednesday welfare fraud charges against 30 people, bringing the amount of fraudulently obtained public benefits wrapped up in three countywide sweeps since last year to more than $1 million.

According to the Times-Herald Record, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler and County Executive Steve Neuhaus stressed that there is a critical need for legislation to close state and federal loopholes that allow people with substantial income or assets to game the system in ways that allow them to legally collect public benefits.

In “Operation Million Dollar Mark” officials say the defendants improperly collected $324,000 in public assistance administered by the county, which included Medicaid benefits, food stamps and temporary aid. The full total now is $1.07 million.