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#1491353 --- 10/28/16 03:41 PM Re: D.A. won't prosecute welfare fraud [Re: Auburnite13021]
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http://auburnpub.com/news/dozens-charged...ecc7eed079.html

Over 30 arrested. Not a single manager, executive or middle class worker.

The D.A. has done it numerous times before so there is no reason for him to refuse to do it now.

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#1491357 --- 10/28/16 03:49 PM Re: D.A. won't prosecute welfare fraud [Re: Auburnite13021]
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http://fingerlakes1.com/2016/10/28/lyons...tance-benefits/

I know this is Wayne County but like Cayuga County a person lied on the application to get benefits she wasn't eligible to receive. She is being prosecuted for these felonies as she should be.

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#1491358 --- 10/28/16 07:02 PM Re: D.A. won't prosecute welfare fraud [Re: Auburnite13021]
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Originally Posted By: Auburnite13021

Thank you for pointing out that the 30 who committed fraud are not managers, executives and the working middle class. Thank you for pointing out that other counties are prosecuting welfare fraud.

Thank You for Pointing Out that you you can't be trusted to tell the truth by accurately represent the facts. Even when they're in plain sight for everyone to see.

Now, allow me to expand upon the parts of the report that you intentionally omitted:


Schemes Lead to Arrests of New York City Social Services Supervisor and 11 others in $1.5 Million Public Benefits Theft.

In December 2015, Cherisse Watson-Jackson, a top supervisor at the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), and 12 others were arrested as part of an alleged criminal ring that stole more than $1.5 million in public assistance benefits. The investigation revealed that Watson and her associates defrauded HRA through a series of complex schemes that involved public assistance payments to fraudulent landlords and the purchase of mass quantities of Red Bull energy drink using single-issuance emergency grant funds.

The arrest followed a joint investigation by OWIG, the New York City Department of Investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and the Page | 6

Federal Bureau of Investigation. Watson-Jackson, an Associate Job Opportunity Specialist II, managed the supervisors of HRA employees that review and determine eligibility for public assistance funding. Watson-Jackson allegedly used her position at HRA to improperly approve payments to individuals who were otherwise ineligible for benefits.

The investigation revealed that Watson-Jackson used her supervisory position to deposit fraudulent single-issuance “emergency grants” — that are intended only for persons with a documented urgent need — onto the EBT cards of hundreds of welfare recipients recruited by her accomplices. Watson-Jackson’s accomplices then used several of the EBT cards containing the emergency grants at wholesale club stores to purchase approximately $120,000 worth of Red Bull energy drink that they sold to various bodegas for cash.

The investigation further revealed that Watson-Jackson’s accomplices recruited individuals to fraudulently pose as landlords who owned rental properties that housed public assistance tenants. Watson-Jackson allegedly used her supervisory position at HRA to authorize “rental arrears” payments — known as “One Shot Deals” — to these false landlords to cover back rent owed by phantom tenants. The fraudulent landlords cashed the rental assistance checks and shared in the proceeds with Watson-Jackson and her other accomplices, one of whom worked at a check cashing store in Brooklyn and allegedly facilitated many of the transactions.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York charged all of the co-defendants with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Watson-Jackson, Maurice Cromwell, Derrick Williams, Corey Brock, Gerard Stokes, Yessenia Depena, and Kevin Williams were also charged with aggravated identity theft.


The allegations against each defendant are summarized below:

• Cherisse Watson-Jackson is accused of using her position as an HRA supervisor to fraudulently direct more than $1.5 million in public benefits funding to both the EBT and fraudulent landlords rental arrears payment schemes.

• Maurice Cromwell is accused of receiving and cashing at least 83 rental arrears “One Shot Deal” checks – worth more than $72,500 – at a Brooklyn check cashing store. More than 100 other checks worth an additional $75,000 were sent to his home address but were then cashed by others.

• Isaac Allen is accused of receiving approximately $9,444 in fraudulent single-issuance deposits on his EBT card and with recruiting others to participate in the EBT scheme.

• Derrick Williams is accused of receiving more than $12,500 in fraudulent single- issuance deposits on his EBT card, as well as receiving 82 fraudulent rental arrears checks worth nearly $62,000.

• Corey Brock is accused of receiving more than $8,500 in fraudulent single-issuance deposits on his EBT card.

• Gerard Stokes is accused of receiving nearly $5,000 in fraudulent single-issuance deposits on his EBT card. Stokes is also accused of using his wholesale club shopping account to make purchases using EBT cards that were not issued in his name. In total, he allegedly purchased nearly $120,000 worth of Red Bull energy drink at wholesale clubs.

• Jaron Annunziata is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing 16 rental arrears checks worth nearly $11,500 as well as receiving nearly $5,000 in fraudulent single issuances on his EBT card.

• Kevin Williams is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing 96 rental arrears checks worth nearly $84,000. Of the checks he cashed, 57 were issued in his name and 39 were issued to others, none of whom were actual landlords.

• Vernecka Petersen is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing or depositing 43 rental arrears checks worth more than $31,000. She also allegedly received other checks through the mail that she turned over to another individual.

• Yesenia Depena is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by using her position as an employee at a Brooklyn check cashing store to process and cash at least 221 checks worth nearly $187,500.

• Beverly Lord is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing 38 rental arrears checks worth more than $27,500.

• Beverly Franklin is accused of participating in the fraudulent landlord scheme by cashing 15 rental arrears checks worth nearly $13,000. She is accused of receiving additional checks through the mail that she turned over to another individual.



The fact that one county MAY over the period of one year have a lower rate of such frauds, in no way negates the fact that nationally, the US fraud rate for ALL public assistance programs COMBINED, accounts for far LESS than 2% of all cases.

If you were at all sincere about taxpayer liability for fraud, you'd be speaking up against the many, well-established sources of REAL fraud, such as off-shore tax havens, capital gains taxes and corporate welfare. Now we're talking about 100s of Xs the cost to taxpayers.

Figures don't lie, but liars can figure... and apparently they can rationalize, as well.
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#1491385 --- 10/29/16 11:36 AM Re: D.A. won't prosecute welfare fraud [Re: Auburnite13021]
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I never said managers and executive's are not committing fraud. I posted articles from Cayuga County that show people getting arrested. And I have never disputed the low overall number of fraud nationwide. Fraud costs us over $70 billion a year and that is more than some overall yearly program budgets. I'm sure that those who can be arrested right now in Cayuga County is a small percentage of those who are on the system doing everything right and happy for the assistance. That small number doesn't exempt it from enforcement.

The issue at hand is there are numerous people right now that can be arrested for welfare fraud. There is tens of thousands of dollars that has been stolen that can be recovered and hundreds of thousands of dollars that can be saved.

The issue at hand is that the D.A. won't do the job he is paid to do and prosecute these people. I'm sorry the D.A.'s office had staff cuts. It's unfortunate. But it everyone is doing more with less.

The issue at hand is the D.A. wants Social Services to pay him, one county government agency to pay another county government agency, to do the job he is already getting paid to do. If he doesn't want to do the job he is paid to do then he could very easily authorize Social Services to go after these people and the same results get done minus them getting arrested.

The county legislators are looking to add a tax and increase fees to raise revenue when their is an alternative right now to save money. A tax on vehicles being registered hits businesses, the middle class and the low income people who struggle to keep their cars up and running so they can get to work.

Thank you for your last post. It shows why these people need to be prosecuted.

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#1491386 --- 10/29/16 01:24 PM Re: D.A. won't prosecute welfare fraud [Re: Auburnite13021]
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Originally Posted By: Auburnite13021
I never said managers and executive's are not committing fraud. I posted articles from Cayuga County that show people getting arrested. And I have never disputed the low overall number of fraud nationwide. Fraud costs us over $70 billion a year and that is more than some overall yearly program budgets. I'm sure that those who can be arrested right now in Cayuga County is a small percentage of those who are on the system doing everything right and happy for the assistance. That small number doesn't exempt it from enforcement.

The issue at hand is there are numerous people right now that can be arrested for welfare fraud. There is tens of thousands of dollars that has been stolen that can be recovered and hundreds of thousands of dollars that can be saved.

The issue at hand is that the D.A. won't do the job he is paid to do and prosecute these people. I'm sorry the D.A.'s office had staff cuts. It's unfortunate. But it everyone is doing more with less.

The issue at hand is the D.A. wants Social Services to pay him, one county government agency to pay another county government agency, to do the job he is already getting paid to do. If he doesn't want to do the job he is paid to do then he could very easily authorize Social Services to go after these people and the same results get done minus them getting arrested.

The county legislators are looking to add a tax and increase fees to raise revenue when their is an alternative right now to save money. A tax on vehicles being registered hits businesses, the middle class and the low income people who struggle to keep their cars up and running so they can get to work.

Thank you for your last post. It shows why these people need to be prosecuted.

I'm sorry, but such platitudes don't reflect the reality of running such departments. To suggest that the DA needs to simply suck up the added work-load in light of what would seem to be inadequate funding and resources, is simply unrealistic. Regardless of the job description, if he/she isn't provided with the tools to do the job properly (especially when dealing with criminal prosecutions) then I am in full agreement with the request for added funding.

The courts should never "punt" simply to satisfy angry taxpayers. There is far too much at stake, and frankly, it flies in the face of the intent of the American Justice System.
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#1495772 --- 02/25/17 08:02 AM Re: D.A. won't prosecute welfare fraud [Re: Auburnite13021]
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http://auburnpub.com/news/local/auburn-w...f3b531799c.html


Good job Mr. D.A. Get the taxpayers their money back and prosecute all the rest of these thieves. There are many more waiting to be arrested and prosecuted.

Don't think one a year is going to be looked at by us voters as you fully doing your job.

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#1495775 --- 02/25/17 08:07 AM Re: D.A. won't prosecute welfare fraud [Re: Auburnite13021]
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If they are too lazy to go to work then give them community service. Maybe it will teach them some work ethic and some self respect.

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#1497766 --- 04/13/17 09:25 PM Re: D.A. won't prosecute welfare fraud [Re: Auburnite13021]
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http://fingerlakes1.com/2017/04/13/budelmann-terminated-prosecutor-betrayed-das-office-cayuga-co/

Mr. D.A. when you get your house back in order start practicing what you preach and stop betraying the taxpayers and start prosecuting welfare fraud. As a voter and taxpayer I say do the job for which you are paid to do.

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