CANTON - The St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and District Attorney’s Office obtained judicial settlement of $12,756 for reported fraud in July and sanctioned individuals, preventing them from receiving further benefits from the programs they defrauded.
Investigations are ongoing and arrests are pending, officials said.
They said that during July investigators from the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and District Attorney’s Office investigated numerous cases of reported fraud. These investigations focused on welfare fraud, offering a false instrument for filing, unlawful use of a benefit card, forgery and other violations of the New York state penal law.
The programs affected by the reported fraud include SNAP (food stamps), temporary assistance, day care, Medicaid and HEAP.
The public is encouraged to report any suspected welfare fraud activity by calling the DOSS Investigations Unit at (315) 379-2145 or by filing a complaint at www.otda.nygov/welfarefraud. Reporters may remain anonymous.