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‘Holding People Accountable’

Welfare Fraud Arrests Down; Front-End Detection Up

January 11, 2013

MAYVILLE — The number of welfare fraud arrests in Chautauqua County last year was significantly down compared to 2011. But the numbers are misleading, Sheriff Joe Gerace said....

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Jan-14-13 7:23 AM

This is good start now reform by term,ie 6-12 months then if don't have job must relocate to where work can be found in person experience , even with no experience term limits!!

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Jan-12-13 8:38 AM

Additional investigators is another example of "big taxes". What we need is accountability from citizens and county employees that "hand out" assistance to just about anyone. I'm glad those days are gone!

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Jan-11-13 10:10 PM

Nope Goldie, I lump the ones with a ton of tats, multiple packs of cigs, and and an overall sense of malaise, and no work ethic or pride into that category....The ones who are truly needy have more esteem than most of the takers...

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Jan-11-13 2:48 PM

If we stopped spending hundreds of billions to bail out banks and insurance companies, and we stopped spending hundreds of billions on illegal and unnecessary wars, we would have plenty to take care of our own citizens without whining about it.

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Jan-11-13 10:40 AM

To Local4701, Just remember that when you lump all welfare recipients into one group, you may be looking at a person with a silent disease such as Cancer, Severe Arthritis, Emphysema or any one of millions of other reasons that person may not be able to work. I agree that there are way too many healthy young people on Food stamps and welfare that have no business on them, but Not all are guilty.

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Jan-11-13 10:15 AM

Kabob you are right but that was before Legislators Runkle, Barmore and a few others demanded accountability and held the department head's feet to the fire. Now there does appear to be progress in that Dept. Kudos to all legislators who support this and realize that there are things we CAN DO locally to contain welfare cost.

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Jan-11-13 8:47 AM

I see welfare fraud every day. Just go to the grocery store. You see able bodied people, of course going out in public in their pajamas, collecting welfare when there are help wanted signs in the majority of stores.

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Jan-11-13 8:42 AM

The investigator that was investigating welfare fraud was able to retrieve less than half of his salary and benefits, that's why one investigator was removed from the budget.

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Jan-11-13 7:22 AM

Watching people at the Mayville Tops whip out their EBT cards and walk out with a whole lot more food than I can afford is infuriating. Heap, EBT, free phones, etc and we wonder why they don't work???!!!!

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Jan-11-13 7:21 AM

Doesn't it make sense to have additional investigators that would lead to saving money for the county? Part of the savings can be used to fund the additional investigators. I say investigators, not necessarily deputies.

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