New Windsor foster home targeted in fraud probe

The New York State Police headquarters for Troop The New York State Police headquarters for Troop F on Thiells Mount Ivy Road in Pomona. (Feb. 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

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State police executed a search warrant Wednesday at an Orange County foster home in New Windsor as part of a fraud investigation, News12 reported.

Police were seen removing bags of evidence from the home at 2072 Independence Drive, near Red Coat Drive. At least six State Police troopers could be seen going in and out of the home and taking pictures of a car in the driveway, News12 reported.

State Police characterize the case as a grand larceny-type fraud scheme. They said that in addition to the home on Independence Drive, search warrants were executed at an apartment on Ceasars Lane in New Windsor and one on Jefferson Boulevard in Fishkill.

Authorities declined to give any specific information on the investigation. They said the searches "yielded an array of evidence" and that arrests are pending.

The probe extends beyond New York State, as the Fairfax, Va., police are involved, as well as New York State Police, the Orange County district attorney's office and New Windsor police, State Police said.

The Orange County Department of Social Services told News12 they're in touch with authorities and that it does not appear any of the foster children living in the home are in danger or will be removed from the home at this time.

With News12

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