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Posted on: October 6, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Social Services Investigations Unit Continues To Successfully Root Out Welfare Fraud & Abuse

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that since January of 2013, the County Department of Social Services (DSS) Office of Investigations has uncovered a total of $85.4 million in welfare fraud and abuse. Last year marked another successful year for DSS in its continual crack down on those individuals attempting to defraud Nassau County taxpayers.

“Be warned! Our social service investigators are hard at work protecting taxpayers,” said County Executive Mangano. “Our investigations team remains vigilant to all forms of attempted abuse and will identify those who try and defraud the system.”

In 2015 alone, a total of $24.3 million was identified in social services savings, including:

• $14.6 million in total cost savings throughout all DSS programs, including Medicaid, Public Assistance, Day Care and SNAP (Food Stamps);

• $698,282 in criminal welfare fraud identified and referred to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution and restitution; and

• $9 million in civil recoveries resulting from pursuing liens on property and estates by the Liens and Recovery Unit.

Through the first half of 2016, the DSS Office of Investigations again continued to produce strong cost avoidance results, including:

• $6.5 million in total cost savings throughout all DSS programs, including Medicaid, Public Assistance, Day Care and SNAP (Food Stamps)

• $170,000 in criminal welfare fraud identified and referred to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution and restitution

• $6 million in civil recoveries resulting from pursuing liens on property and estates by the Liens and Recovery Unit.

Department of Social Services Commissioner Dr. John Imhof added, “The overwhelmingly vast majority of individuals who require and qualify for DSS assistance faithfully comply with application requirements. Regretfully, there are those who seek to acquire benefits through criminal means and our capacity to apprehend welfare cheats is stronger than ever. The annual and cumulative cost savings to our residents are a testament to the dedication and tenacity of all our staff in making certain only the neediest receive the services they require.”


Year Cost Avoidance
2013 $ 18,250,000
2014 $ 28,042,000
2015 $ 24,317,000
2016 $ 14,743,271
TOTAL $ 85,352,271

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