Almost $2 million was returned to the state’s Unemployment Insurance fund last year as the result of investigations by the state Department of Labor and local district attorneys’ offices into fraudulent claims.
The district attorney’s office in Schenectady recovered the eighth most of any county in the state, with $87,731 of fraudulent payments recovered. Albany County was in fifth place, with $121,943 recouped.
Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares highlighted the fact that people who commit workers’ compensation fraud make it harder for people with legitimate claims to get benefits. He said that fraud also increases the costs for legitimate businesses.
“We will continue to identify these fraudulent practices and aggressively pursue unemployment cases to stop our tax dollars from being exploited,” he said in a statement. “For those of you who are currently collecting benefits you are not entitled to, that knock on your door is forthcoming.”
There was $38,817 recovered in Saratoga County in 2012, in Montgomery County $6,643, another $6,225 in Schoharie County and $2,928 in Fulton County.