Uniondale - (WALK) Nassau County succeeded in recovering nearly $10 million in fraudulent claims for welfare and medicaid last year, according to a 44-page report by the county's Department of Social Services issued this week.
Nassau's Department of Social Services (DSS) imposed property and estate liens to recover $9.3 million from those who tried to bilk the system, and acquired $779,000 in restitution from crooked welfare recipients and service providers in 2013, according to the report.
County Executive Edward Mangano praised investigators for their success in exposing and prosecuting cheaters who would steal money from Nassau's neediest neighbors.
The demand for assistance grew substantially in Nassau during 2013. Authorities say the impact of superstorm Sandy late in 2011 was a major factor. Nassau processed 22,475 applications for food stamps in 2013, up from 22,256 in 2012, and handled 110,918 requests for Medicaid, compared with 98,382 in 2012.
A similar report may be issued in Suffolk by the end of the month, according to county officials.
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