17 New Welfare Fraud, Waste And Abuse Cases Uncovered In Nassau
January 24, 2013
Office of Investigations achieves $3.2 Million in taxpayer savings in past 20 months
(Long Island, NY) The Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) Office of Investigations announced this week that they have uncovered individuals attempting to defraud Nassau County taxpayers, most recently discovering 17 elaborate schemes to cheat the system out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano said that, since April 2011, Nassau DSS has identified more than $3.2 million in savings and has referred a total of 55 cases that resulted in arrests.
“Those who steal money from the neediest of our citizens will be caught, prosecuted and have jail time sought for the crime they commit,” Mangano was quoted as saying.
DSS Commissioner John Imhof said that his department is availing themselves of every means at their disposal to take down anyone trying to cheat the honest, taxpaying residents of Nassau County.
“Our DSS Investigators are using all the latest technological tools available to make sure no one gets away with cheating the public welfare system,” he said. “The team is doing a great job and is already involved in investigating several new cases that have been brought to our attention.”
Some of the more notable excerpts from the 17 cases referred to District Attorney Rice for prosecution and restitution include:
A 43-year-old South Shore registered nurse illegally qualified for $111,597 in Medicaid, Day Care and SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits by lying about her employment, submitting forged documentation and failing to inform DSS that she was recently employed at a major hospital.
A 61-year-old South Shore man illegally qualified for $4,233 worth of Medicaid benefits because he failed to report to DSS that he was employed by the owner of a real estate company that rents apartments to DSS welfare recipients. On his 2009 Medicaid application the man reported that he earned $7,500 per year working for a community service organization; however, the DSS investigators discovered that he earned $64,000 annually working for the real estate company.
A 29-year-old mid-Nassau woman admitted to fabricating employment verification forms for a job that she never worked, falsely reporting that the father of her children was not in the picture and keeping DSS payments totaling $12,222, which were meant to pay for Day Care services that she admitted to never utilizing for her own personal use.
A 39-year-old Nassau resident lied to DSS on his Medicaid application and re-certifications for 5 years in order to illegally qualify for $54,927 in medical benefits for himself, his wife and two children. A DSS investigation revealed that, despite reporting on his application that he was employed at a Manhattan greeting card store, he has been the CEO/owner/operator of that store since April 2000 and, in 2010 he and his wife had a combined income of over $100,000.
A 42-year-old South Shore woman illegally qualified for $60,530 in Day Care benefits over three years by lying about her income, work hours, marital status and the whereabouts of the allegedly absent father of her four daughters.