GOSHEN – Seventeen people have been charged with felonies including welfare fraud and grand larceny for illegally obtaining over $171,000 in public assistance benefits administered through the Orange County Department of Social Services and the State Department of Labor.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler and Sheriff Carl DuBois announced the charges on Tuesday.
This was the sixth public benefits fraud enforcement action since Hoovler took office.
To date, 152 people have been charged with welfare fraud with more than $1.6 million involved. So far, the county has been repaid $460,614 by those charged.
The total amount allegedly stolen from the Department of Social Services amounted to $89,649. The total amount stolen by fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits claims was $81,468, all of which has been repaid by those charged.
List of those charged