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Ongoing Crackdown on Welfare Fraud Saves Over $9.6 Million in Potential Payments

(Binghamton, NY) Broome County Executive Debbie Preston teamed up with Broome County Legislature Majority Leader Stephen Flagg, Broome County Commissioner of Social Services Art Johnson, and Broome County Security Director James Dadamio to announce that ongoing efforts to crackdown on welfare fraud saved over $9.6 million dollars in potential payments in 2015.

Nearly $2 million of that $9.6 million would have come directly from the pockets of Broome County taxpayers.

“When I took office in 2012, I pledged to crack down on people trying to scam the people of Broome County out of their hard earned money,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “Thanks to the hard work of our Department and Social Services and our Case Integrity Unit of Broome County Security, we were able to save County taxpayers millions of dollars in potential payments.  If you are trying to scam the system, we will catch you.”

Last year, Broome’s Security Division reviewed over 12,000 Welfare cases.

Investigations resulted in 335 non-criminal welfare disqualifications; 102 during the application process and an additional 233 after benefits were received.

"Social services programs are in place to assist people getting back on their feet when they need temporary help," said Legislature Majority Leader Stephen Flagg.  "These programs are supported by taxpayers and we won't tolerate those who defraud the system."

“We understand that many people within our community need help and we’re here to provide the help they are entitled to,” says Social Services Commissioner Arthur Johnson.  “We work very closely with our Security Division and strive to make sure people receiving benefits are getting what they truly need. Sometimes people intentionally try to get something for nothing. These are the people we want eliminated from the system.”

“I commend our Case Integrity Unit, which investigates thousands of public assistance cases each year,” says Security Director Jim Dadamio.  “We know people can make mistakes. We understand that.  We’re going after people who intentionally try to scam the system.”

Depending on the program, amount stolen and whether there were any prior offenses, disqualified individuals are not eligible for benefits for a minimum of 6 months, up to permanent removal from the program.

If you believe someone is getting benefits they may not be entitled to, you can report it. Go to gobroomecounty.com and click on the Social Services Fraud Reporting form. 

Your name and phone number are optional, but would be helpful in case we need to contact you for additional information.

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03/31/2016 - 2:37pm