Updated 05/10/2012 04:27 PM
Officials crack down on welfare fraud
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- Broome County continues to crack down on welfare fraud. County Executive Debbie Preston announced $35,000 in welfare fraud busts for the month of April on Thursday.
Officials also announced the arrest of a BCC employee accused of fraudulently applying for worker's compensation.
The arrests follow more than $5 million in welfare fraud cost avoidance previously announced by Preston and nearly $10,000 in welfare fraud detected in January.
Preston says the county takes welfare fraud very seriously and has a strong early detection team in place to catch offenders.
"We have a very active and efficient security division, which track welfare cases every day. Because of that, our 18 arrests were identified very early in the process, before the employees could get more money that they were not entitled to," Preston said.
Officials encourage the public to report cases of welfare fraud to the county through its website or fraud hotline.