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Cayuga County Collects Over $100K in Restitution from Fraud Cases


Over $100,000 was collected in restitution in Cayuga County fraud cases last year.

District Attorney Brittany Grome Antonacci announced that more than $103,000 was collected in 2023 thanks to grant funding through New York’s Crimes Against Revenue Program (CARP).

She added that, through CARP, the Cayuga County DA’s Office, the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Taxation and Finance collaborate to combat financial crimes and hold those who commit welfare, Medicaid, unemployment, and worker’s compensation fraud, as well as those who deliberately fail to pay taxes, accountable.

In her press release, Grome Antonacci cited the following as examples of welfare fraud.

• Not reporting correct wages, bank accounts, real estate, or other income
• Not reporting individuals living in a household
• Falsely reporting residence status
• Submitting false documents
• Submitting false documents and/or claims for services
• Using someone else’s benefit card to obtain services, benefits, or treatment

According to Grome Antonacci, approximately $466,232.15 was ordered to be paid in restitution by courts in the county with the total projected savings from disqualifications for the Department of Social Services cases coming in at $144,462.00.

To report suspected fraud, anonymous tips can be made by calling 315-253-1313, submitting an online report to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, or contacting the DA’s Office at 315-253-1391.

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