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Erie County returns most money in unemployment benefit fraud cases

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Wed, Feb 7th 2018 12:40 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Erie County recovered the highest in total restitution in New York by prosecuting unemployment insurance benefits fraud in 2017.
Unemployment fraud is the most prevalent crime against state revenue. The New York State Department of Labor's Office of Special Investigations is responsible for monitoring and investigating reports of fraud. Once suspected fraud is detected, the cases are turned over to local authorities. The Department of Labor has partnered with district attorney's offices throughout the state to prosecute these offenders.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Erie County District Attorney's office's special investigations and prosecutions (SIP) bureau returned $477,162.00 in total restitution from unemployment fraud cases in 2017.
In 2016, the SIP bureau recovered $363,195.83 in illegally obtained unemployment money.
"I am proud to have our office partner with the Department of Labor in investigating these cases. When you cheat the state, you cheat every law-abiding taxpayer in New York," Flynn said.
Flynn commended the Department of Labor for its investigative work and staff of the DA's SIP bureau for successfully prosecuting these cases.

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