Oswego County residents charged with welfare fraud

Oswego County Department of Social Services staff detected 117 cases of attempted fraud last year, saving county taxpayers $566,916 in avoided costs, Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said.

Beardsley said the cases involved attempts by people to collect benefits while living in other states, filing for duplicate benefits, not reporting income, and attempting to collect benefits while incarcerated in a correctional facility.

In addition, eight people were arrested over the past few weeks and charged with welfare fraud and grand larceny. The arrests involve the alleged theft of more than $35,000 in overpayments.

“In my State of the County Address earlier this year, I emphasized that detection and prosecution of welfare fraud will be a priority in 2012,” said Beardsley. “Our message to those who think that they can use these programs to steal from our taxpayers is simple — we are watching! If you are stealing, you will be caught and you will pay.”

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