State Comptroller’s Office: Inmates at Orange County Jail improperly received Medicaid, other social welfare benefits

Hundreds of inmates at the Orange County Jail in Goshen improperly received Medicaid and other social welfare benefits they shouldn't have, according to a new report.

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GOSHEN - Hundreds of inmates at the Orange County Jail in Goshen improperly received Medicaid and other social welfare benefits they shouldn't have, according to a new report.

According to an audit by the state comptroller's office, prisoners received about $130,000 in inappropriate safety net assistance and other social welfare benefits between January 2011 and March 2013.

David Jolly, Orange County's social services commissioner, tells News 12 that the county was relying on a state report to determine when someone on assistance was put behind bars.

"The state report delayed the notification to us, which created some delays when we were able to shut down certain cases," he says.

The Orange County undersheriff says the department provides the Department of Social Services with a list of all the inmates that are in the jail. However, social services officials say it was very difficult for them to manually go through that list and determine who was on public assistance. Social Services has since developed a new process.

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