October 14, 2011
Following the arrest this week ofa DSS welfare examiner for diverting funds to clients’ benefit cards, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the Nassau County Department of Social Services Office of Investigations continues to find individuals attempting to defraud Nassau County taxpayers, most recently discovering elaborate schemes to cheat the system out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“As I have stated before, attempts to defraud the hard working residents of our County will not be tolerated,” stated County Executive Mangano. “There is no excuse for welfare fraud and we in Nassau County will continue to protect taxpayers by rooting out those individuals who are not entitled to benefits or who receive benefits through criminal activity.”
Below are some of the cases being referred to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office for prosecution:
In addition to prosecution, the county will be looking for full restitution from individuals convicted of welfare fraud in an effort to reimburse county taxpayers.
“Once Social Services staff suspected fraud, they immediately forwarded information to our Office of Investigations,” stated DSS Commissioner Dr. John Imhof. “We provide benefits to eligible residents of Nassau County and it’s unconscionable that individuals try to cheat the system and jeopardize benefits intended for the truly needy. Rest assured - those who defraud Medicaid will be caught, indicted and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
DSS Director of Investigations Scott Skrynecki added, “Staff from the Office of Investigations are committed to collaborate with colleagues throughout Social Services to eliminate Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse. Through information sharing, using sophisticated technology and staying ahead of emerging fraud trends, investigators will continue to stamp out fraud in our County. ”
To report questionable practices in programs such as Medicaid, Day Care, Food Stamps, Public Assistance and Family Health Plus, call 1-877-711-TIPS (8477). All calls are completely confidential and callers can remain anonymous.