Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced Tuesday that the Department of Social Services Office of Investigations continues to uncover fraud, most recently 17 elaborate schemes to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Since April 2011, Nassau DSS has identified more than $3.2 million in savings by detecting child care fraud, waste and abuse,” Mangano said.
“Despite the fact that time and time again we inform the public that those who cheat the system will be caught and prosecuted, there are those who continue to question our determination to root out fraud in public assistance programs.”
The cases referred to District Attorney Kathleen Rice for prosecution and restitution include:
* A 43-year-old South Shore registered nurse illegally qualified for $111,597 in Medicaid, day care and food stamp benefits by lying about her employment, submitting forged documentation and failing to inform DSS she recently was employed at a major hospital. She forged the signature of the elderly woman for whom she said she was working as a “nanny” since 2006 and who was her own mother, with no dependent children for whom the nurse could be a nanny.
* A 61-year-old South Shore man illegally qualified for $4,233 worth of Medicaid benefits by failing to report that he earned $64,000 annually working for a real estate company.
* A 29-year-old mid-Nassau woman admitted to fabricating employment verification forms for a job she never worked in order to get $12,222 for day care that she never used after moving to Nassau in April 2012.
* A 39-year-old Nassau resident lied to DSS on his Medicaid application and recertifications for five years in order to illegally qualify for $54,927 in medical benefits for himself, his wife and two children. He and his wife actually owned a small business and earned more than $100,000 a year.
* The DSS Day Care Eligibility Fraud project uncovered a 42-year-old South Shore woman who illegally qualified for $60,530 in day care benefits over three years by lying about her income, work hours, marital status and the whereabouts of the allegedly absent father of her four daughters.
Since April 2011, there have been a total of 55 arrests based on Office of Investigations referrals — 33 in 2011, 22 in 2012 — Mangano’s office reported.