Friday, September 12, 2014

Albany County DA Says Unemployment Insurance Fraud Doesn't Pay

District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that the Financial Crimes Unit has secured $103,309 in restitution to the Department of Labor as a result of Unemployment Insurance Fraud prosecutions between January 1, 2014 and September 1, 2014.  This amount has Albany County ranked 2nd statewide for funds returned in 2014.

“Unemployment Insurance is intended to help those who have fallen upon hard times get back on their feet. Those that commit Unemployment Insurance Fraud make it harder for those who are already down on their luck, in addition to stealing from the honest taxpayers of Albany County. I would like to express my appreciation for the excellent job of our Financial Crimes Unit and the hard work of Assistant District Attorney Matthew Peluso so far this year,” commented DA David Soares.   

“Unemployment Insurance fraud is an attack on the integrity of a system meant to help those in need, where most people play by the rules,” said State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera. “Successfully fighting fraud not only strengthens this system through recoveries, it also assures businesses their contributions to the system only support legitimate claims.”

The Albany County District Attorney’s Office works diligently to investigate and prosecute crimes falling under New York State’s Crimes Against Revenue Program (CARP). These crimes include tax fraud, social services fraud, labor law fraud and workers compensation fraud.  

Since the inception of the Crimes Against Revenue Program, Assistant District Attorneys from the Financial Crimes have recovered $1,994,537 from defendants who stole from the taxpayers and returned those funds to the revenue accounts of Albany County and New York State. For more information on the Albany County Crimes Against Revenue Program click here. 

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