Rockland County has arrested 14 people on felony charges of social services fraud, alleging they stole $229,000 in subsidized child care tax credit funds, authorities said today, The Journal News/lohud.com reports.
The people who were arrested range in age from 25 to 42. They are accused of falsifying records with the county Department of Social Services between 2007 and 2011, District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.
“They are lying and they are cheating the county out of money,” Zugibe said at a news conference this morning at the county office building.
“What makes it so difficult to accept (is) this is a program with finite resources,” he said. “For every dollar that is ripped off is denying someone who is eligible to receive it. There is a waiting list.”
A $60,000 state grant funded a one-year investigation by the Social Services Department.
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